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Delhi Assembly to Become Paperless by January 2020

Work on it will start next month

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Our aim will be that the Assembly becomes totally paperless. Pixabay

A new research centre at the Delhi Assembly to give recommendations to the House will be functional by September, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said, adding the Assembly will become paperless by January 2020.

Goel told IANS that the paperless step was needed as too much paper was used in the House.

“Our aim will be that the Assembly becomes totally paperless. Work on it will start next month. It will take around three to four months for implementation. We are expecting that by January 2020 the Assembly will become paperless,” he said.

The tenure of the Arvind Kejriwal government ends in February 2020.

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A new research centre at the Delhi Assembly to give recommendations to the House will be functional by September, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel said, adding the Assembly will become paperless. Pixabay

For the paperless project, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 20 crore, Goel told IANS.

The Assembly will develop a centralized system. “There will be a display screen on the desks of members. Everything from questions and answers to reports will be available on a touch.”

The Assembly wanted to go paperless by the Monsoon session starting this month. But the Lok Sabha elections delayed the process.

“A team visited the Himachal Pradesh Assembly in 2015 to get first-hand knowledge after they went paperless. They (HP) have nearly the same number of MLAs like we do,” Goel said.

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During the Budget 2019-20, the general purposes committee (GPC) felt the project had been “badly delayed”.

For turning paperless, the Assembly will work with the Information and Technology Department of the Delhi government and the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

The GPC had approved the implementation of ‘e-Vidhan’ in Delhi Assembly and recommended adoption of the Himachal Pradesh model.

Among other reforms, Goel has also initiated a new research centre in the Assembly.

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Goel told IANS that the paperless step was needed as too much paper was used in the House. Pixabay

The centre, he said, will act as a recommendation body for the House and, in turn, will help the city government to serve the people better. The centre will start from August-end or early September.

Goel said it was being introduced to create a “repository of valuable research and reference material for use of lawmakers and other stakeholders. It will also help the Assembly in providing quality research and reference material to the MLAs on their demand”.

The Delhi government has sanctioned Rs 14 crore for the research centre.

“The need for a research centre arose due to several reasons including what should the government provide to its people and how can these facilities be improved,” Goel said.

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The centre will study best practices in various fields in other legislatures and governments in and outside India.

“It will provide a comparative study of existing laws and policies in other states and countries. It will publish reports and resource material for use of the MLAs, departments and other stakeholders.”

The first batch in the Centre will have 50 Fellows and 100 Associate Fellows. And their selection was almost finalised.

The Fellows will work in close coordination with the MLAs and officers of the Assembly Secretariat as well as with various departments and organizations.

“When AAP came to power, almost all the MLAs were new in politics and in the Assembly. There will be some new in the coming elections as well… The Research Centre will help them.” (IANS)

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Delhi’s Air Quality Still Remains ‘Very Poor’

The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment

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The Supreme Court of India said that hell is better than polluted Delhi. Wikimedia Commons

The air quality of the national capital remains ‘very poor’ for the third consecutive day on Friday and was likely to further deteriorate to the ‘severe’ category in some parts of the city on Saturday.

According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting (SAFAR), the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi was recorded at 388 on Friday, against Thursday’s 334.

The SAFAR model forecast suggests calm surface winds and a decrease in ventilation coefficient for the coming days and the condition was conducive for the pollutant accumulation.

“AQI is forecasted to stay at the border of very poor to the severe category until Saturday,” SAFAR said.

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Green activist Shravan Kumar Singh said the quality air index in Agra early Monday morning was 380. Pixabay

It said the overall Delhi AQI was in the lower end of the very poor category on Wednesday.

The city had witnessed drastic improvement in the air quality last week as the AQI was recorded in double digits at the ‘satisfactory’ category, after being seeing few of the worst air quality days in November.

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The air in the national capital was so toxic after Diwali that the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) had declared a public health emergency in Delhi-NCR and had advised people, especially children and the aged, to limit their exposure to the environment. (IANS)