Within the next few months,proceedings of the Delhi Assembly will no longer be limited to a privileged few. The Delhi government is preparing to render a live telecast of all House proceedings on the Internet. The National Informatics Centre (NIC) will develop the software for the project,which was recently approved by the Delhi IT department.
Delhi Legislative Assembly Secretary P N Mishra told Newsline on Tuesday that the IT department had last week given their approval for the system. The IT department had been asked to conduct a technical evaluation of streaming Assembly proceedings on the Internet last year. The evaluation has been concluded and approved, Mishra said. He said the NIC had been tasked with developing the system and software.
Senior officials in the Delhi government said the project is estimated to cost approximately Rs 8 lakh. We had hoped to telecast the upcoming Budget session of the Assembly on the Internet,but it was not technically feasible. But we have been assured that the facility would be available for the monsoon session later this year, the official said. He said Andhra Pradesh and Kerala governments already have similar webcasts in place.
It was following a Central Information Commission (CIC) order in August 2012 that the Delhi government began working on upgrading its online presence. The CIC order was based on a petition filed by Satark Nagrik Sangathan,which claimed the Delhi Assembly violated provisions of the RTI Act by not proactively providing comprehensive information to citizens on the functioning of the Assembly.
In an order dated August 13,2013,Information Commissioner Annapurna Dixit held that the Public Authority should suo-motu disclose all such information. The order read: The Public Information Officer in consultation with the Competent Authority may also consider developing a hyperlink on their website in order to provide live telecast of the proceedings being held in the Legislative Assembly.