FACING OPPOSITION flak on the law and order issue, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday hoped the perception towards Uttar Pradesh would change.
Inaugurating the ‘Digital Platform for Legislature Proceedings’ at Vidhan Sabha, Akhilesh claimed the proceedings of the Assembly — for the last 25 years — have been digitised to remove corruption and for better governance and transparency.
From now on, all upcoming sessions would also be made available online.
“Even the functioning of the high court has been digitised… Government orders are also available online,” he said. In the next phase, the government plans to digitise House proceedings till 1952.
The CM said so after the Monsoon Session of Assembly was adjourned for the day. This after a condolence motion was passed for Mohammed Irfan, the SP MLA from Bilari in Moradabad, who and had died in an road accident on March 10.
Urging the legislators to use the new digital platform for research, the CM said: “You would benefit from it only when you use it.”
“Uttar Pradesh is the first state legislature to undertake this stupendous task… Features like search engine and other aspects would be at par with latest technology,” said Principal Secretary (Legislative Secretariat) Pradeep Dubey.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan said the new system would give an opportunity to the common man to see how their elected representatives behave inside the House. “It would also expose those whose thoughts sometimes shift from ‘secularism’ to other ‘ism’ and those who put up a dual face before the society. As video recordings of previous years’ proceedings would also be available, I hope leaders would change themselves,” he added.
Later, Azam indicated the state government would come out with yet another supplementary budget before the 2017 Assembly elections. The supplementary budget, of approximately Rs 25,000 crore, is likely to be placed in the Assembly on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the companies, which have been given the task of digitisation, said the new system would provide “multilingual intelligent search and analytic solutions”.
Not only House proceedings but also newspaper reports, orders, letters as well as audio and video recordings would be digitised, they added.