After becoming country’s first legislative house to go fully hi-tech last year, Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha will now soon have a solar lighting system in place. Both the floors and its outer areas will have solar lighting, instead of electricity-powered lights, according to Speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail.
“This is just a beginning of the solar energy project, which HIMURJA—a state energy agency, has executed. Gradually the project will be extended to cover other areas, apart from the lighting of the entire Vidhan Sabha complex. This is a first state assembly to execute an innovative project to light-up the House with solar energy” said Butail.
The speaker also said that Vidhan Sabha’s e-Vidhan project is among three top initiatives of the Ministry of Information & Technology besides Aadhar Enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS) and Jeevan Pramaan (Life certificate) for the pensioners in India.
“The Union IT ministry has taken a decision to promote e-Vidhan project as HP Model (Go- Green) in the country, an initiative to save trees (cut for making papers). Himachal assembly, in its own initiative has saved Rs 14 crores during past two sessions,” said Butail.
Butail said the project would save an annual expenditure on papers from Rs.15 crore to Rs.10 crore. “From sending questions online and receiving replies in an e-format, we are going to do away with the entire hard copy format,” he said.
The Himachal Pradesh government’s initiative of e-Vidhan project to make the Assembly’s everyday proceedings paperless has won accolades from the Centre and it would be replicated in other state assemblies also, said Butail.
The pilot project was launched in the Monsoon Session of the Assembly in August this year to make the House paperless.