August 21, 2016
Uttar Pradesh is going digital under the dynamic leadership of Akhilesh Yadav. Apart from many digital initiatives to empower the digital growth in Uttar Pradesh, he has taken tremendous efforts in order to bridge the gap between the government and his people.
The Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha is all set for a technological leap, spanning the journey of the house from the age of handwritten manuscripts to the era of digitization of its proceedings.
The legislative assembly is inching closer to becoming a paperless organization and the proceedings will be made available to all at the click of a mouse from August 22.
Launch of Digital Proceedings by CM
On August 22, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav would launch the digital proceedings at a special programme at the Central Hall of the Vidhan Sabha on the first day of the Monsoon session of the state legislature.
The proceedings from 1927 to 2016 will be extracted in three phases. In the first phase, assembly proceedings from 1989 to 2016 have been digitised. The process to digitise the proceedings from 1952 to 1989 is now in progress. And the proceedings from 1927 to 1952 would be taken up in the third phase.
The state assembly’s proceedings were initially written by hand. These handwritten manuscripts have been conserved and they were displayed in the exhibition – ‘Parliamentary Democracy – An overview at the 77th Conference of Presiding Officers held in 2015.
Interesting Abstracts taken from Old Manuscripts
Abstracts of some of the proceedings of 1893 and 1894, when the House worked as Legislative Council of North West Province and Oudh have been preserved. These included abstracts from proceedings held at Chhattar Manzil (which served as a palace for the rulers of Awadh and their wives) Lucknow, on February 14, 1893. Abstracts from, 1893 Sewage and Drainage Bill; Town Hall, Bareilly and Thornhill-Mayne Memorial, Allahabad have also been taken.
Special Agencies for Digitization
The Uttar Pradesh Development Systems Corporation (UPDESCO) was assigned the task of digitization at the instance of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. The corporation engaged two specialized agencies for the job. A data centre has also been set up in Vidhan Bhawan building for the purpose.
Besides putting the edited print version of proceedings online, efforts are also being made to upload and link the edited videos. The visuals of assembly proceedings are allowed only on special occasions.
A programme to train the legislators will be launched soon. “We are considering to launch a sensitization programme for all the legislators who would be provided training in groups. The system is expected to be able to accomplish functions like Parliamentary Voting, Simultaneous Interpretation, Automatic camera pickup of the speaking member and image to be telecasted on a Video Wall inside the Hall.
Uttar Hamara congratulates Akhilesh Yadav for these remarkable initiatives that are providing transparent governance to people and making it more approachable!