Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs Current Affairs - 2019
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Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs had held two-day National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal. On this occasion, new website of NeVA was also launched.
National Orientation workshop on NeVA
The focus of the workshop was to encourage all State Legislatures to move towards e-Vidhan platform and bring in transparency, accountability and responsiveness in their conduct of business. It included technical sessions and group discussions.
It facilitated exposure for delegates about positive attributes of NeVA, deliberations on issues faced by different State Legislatures in implementation of e-Vidhan and finding solutions thereof. It was attended by over 200 delelgates, including senior officers from Secretariats of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, 31 Legislative Assemblies and 7 Legislative Councils from across the country
National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA)
NeVA is initiative of Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs. It aims to make all legislatures in the country paperless by making proceedings of houses digital. It also aims to provide information about functioning of House to common citizen at click of button.
NeVA is member-centric, decentralised digital application that makes information available on digital platform about day to day functioning of legislative houses. It hosts secure page for each Member of House for submitting Questions and other Notices.
It includes mobile applications (both on iOS and android platform) along with NeVA website which act as repository of data related to business of all Legislatures in the country in uniform manner. The user friendly app has made information on conduct of business in Legislatures accessible anytime, anywhere to everyone. It has been deployed in Cloud (Meghraj).
NeVA serves as ‘One Nation, One Application’ by bringing uniformity of database for easy and effective engagement of citizens with Government. This will lead to efficient delivery of services and ensure reliability, efficiency, transparency and accountability of all the stakeholders. It will bring legislatures closer to citizens, thereby taking decisive step in achievement of substantive democracy. It can be used by Legislatures as well as all Government Departments.
The Union Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) has proposed rolling out of e-Sansad in Parliament and e-Vidhan in State Legislatures to digitize and make their functioning paperless.
It was announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar after inaugurating 18th All India Whips’ Conference in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
e-Sansad and e-Vidhan
They are mission mode projects of Union Government under Digital India to make the functioning of Parliament and State Legislatures paperless. They aim to digitise and make available Parliament and state legislature documents, including debates, speeches, committee reports and questions on internet.
MoPA is the Nodal Ministry for implementation of both the projects. These projects will make functioning of Parliament and State Legislatures participative, responsive, transparent, productive and more accountable to public. They will make the entire Legislative process more efficient. They are environment-friendly initiatives in line with the Go Green initiative of the government.
18th All India Whips’ Conference
The two-day conference was organised by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) focused on the efficient functioning of legislatures. Delegates participating in made suggestions and recommendations for making the rolling out of e-Vidhan a success. It also made other recommendations for smooth and efficient working of Parliament and the state legislatures in the light of the experience gained by the whips.
A whip is a member of political party’s parliamentary body responsible for discipline within the party. Their main job is ensuring that their members in Parliament and legislature vote in line with the party’s official policy on important issues. The office of whip is neither mentioned in constitution of India nor in the Rules of the House nor in the Parliamentary Statue. It is based on conventions of parliamentary government.