The Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) on Saturday became the first in the country to have operationalized the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) program for conducting a session in paperless mode.
The Nagaland Assembly Secretariat has placed a tablet or an e-book on each of the 60 members’ tables as the Budget session for fiscal 2022-23 began this morning. “This is the medium through which we will be using this NeVA application in the Assembly as part of the pursuit to have a paperless House,” Speaker Sharingain Longkumer said in a statement.
Mr. Longkumer stated that a comparable system operating outside the framework of NeVA has been in existence in Himachal Pradesh and that many other state assemblies are headed in this way. Paperless Assembly, often known as e-Assembly, is a concept that uses electronic tools to assist all legislative tasks. The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs is in charge of the process.
The Assembly Secretariat has already undertaken initial familiarisation training for members, and the training program will be continued for the benefit of all members.
It will be ramped up in the following days to fully utilize the e-Vidhan system and fulfil one of its goals of making the state legislature’s operations paperless, he added. Parliament and all state legislatures will be effectively networked after all other assemblies implement it, according to the Speaker.
The expenditures for implementing NeVA are split 90:10 between the central and state governments. “The Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs has complimented the Nagaland Assembly for being the first in the country to operationalize it,” the Speaker informed the House. According to the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, the goal of NeVA is to unite all of the country’s legislatures together on one platform, establishing a large data bank.