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Parliament to save paper with new wifi intranet

New Delhi, Jul 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/20/2018 12:45:55 AM IST
The Indian Parliament on day one of the ongoing monsoon session initiated one small measure to take a giant tech leap into a greener, more aware future. Wifi intranet has been installed in both Houses to help save paper, India Today reported.
Due to security reasons, jammers are present in the premises of the Parliament. These kill mobile signals inside the two houses. Till now, this meant paper copies for each bill, amendment, standing committee report etc to be distributed for proceedings as they couldn’t be accessed online on mobile devices, tablets or laptops by MPs.
For debates MPs had to visit the library and take printouts of the research material and bring them to the House. If a minister needed some material to bolster his or her argument - again printouts had to be made. MPs were often seen complaining that they didn’t receive the copy of a bill or amendment which the House planned to take up. But now the Parliament has installed wifi intranet. If all MPs and ministers start putting it to use, the Parliament reduce the mountain of waste paper it generates and it will be easier to access information for debates.
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan during a meeting fortnight ago with the IT ministers flagged the need for a green initiative to cut down the use of paper. She presented a July 18 deadline to the ministry.
IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and his minister of state SS Ahluwalia met officials of their ministry and sought a blueprint for the venture.
Aware that the wifi should not interfere with the security systems of Parliament, which faced a terror attack in December 2001, officials held meetings with those who plan and execute parliament security. Once all ends were tied up, the IT ministry made a presentation to the Mahajan.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha heard about the initiative taken by the lower house and he too asked for a presentation and then requested a similar network to be created for the upper house.
On day one of Parliament the wifi intranet came online, providing access to MPs to all Parliament sites, the huge amount of information available in the Parliament library, all government websites, reports from Parliament or bodies like the CAG.
What it means is that if during a debate an Opposition MP wants to quote an adverse comment against a government scheme made in a CAG report tabled in the Parliament in the past, they can access it with a few clicks.
This, of course, is a private network -- the MPs cannot surf the world wide web.

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