Legislative assembly

Adityanath tells MPs: Don’t shy away from the use of technology

AS THE two-day orientation program for newly elected UP Assembly members started this Friday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged them not to ‘run away from using technology’ , even as Opposition Leader Akhilesh Yadav has suggested that the hard copy system be maintained for the benefit of some seasoned MPs, who may not be very familiar with new technologies.

Meanwhile, during the inauguration of the orientation programme, Lok Sabha President Om Birla expressed concern about the “deterioration of the dignity” of the legislative chambers due to “heckling, lifting slogans and the posting of placards”. Telling the Uttar Pradesh Assembly legislators that the dignity of the house is built through the behavior of its members, he asked them to engage in debates with “tark” (reasoning) and also asked them to ensure that important laws are also passed with discussion and debate.

While also inaugurating the newly installed “E-vidhan” system as a step towards the dematerialization of the Vidhan Sabha, the President said that the UP Assembly had set an example for others and he hoped that the technology will be used by members for capacity building and to make discussions more constructive. He also asked the UP Assembly to strengthen its library and research section as well.

However, while addressing the newly elected members, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath urged members “not to run away from technology”. He asked members to use technology for the good of people, but told members not to become so dependent on it that members plan to connect with the public also virtually rather than personally.

“Hum taqnik se bhage na, Usko angikar Karen.. Han uska pichalagu bhi na bane.. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said, asking members not to use technology to replace visits on the pitch and individual interactions with the public.

“Aisa na ho ki chetra visit ke liye virtually kaam chalega..Jnata se samvad ke liye jana hi hoga” (It should not happen that instead of visiting the constituency, it is done virtually.. to engage with the public, one would have to go to them) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told members, informing them that although e-budgeting was introduced earlier, tablets have now been installed on their desks as the next step towards a paperless Assembly. Apart from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Satish Mahana and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla was also accompanied by the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly of the UP and the leader of the Samajwadi party, Akhilesh Yadav, on the dais.

Addressing the members, Akhilesh Yadav said, “While the members would be trained in the use of new technologies. There are many new members who are quite familiar with the technology, but some senior members may be seeing this technology for the first time.

He added, “I would request the President that when you make the vidhan sabha virtual but for former members ensure a hard copy of the documents for them and regarding training I would request a separate training for me and leader. Serve together because we might or might not understand,”

He said that the previous speaker had also made attempts for the electronic library and congratulated the Chief Minister and the President for the rapid launch of the new system.

Meanwhile, members were also informed that the Uttar Pradesh Assembly has also become the first assembly in the country to allocate seats to all its members with names on them.

Earlier in the day, while addressing members, Lok Sabha spokesperson Om Birla expressed concern about the deterioration in the dignity of the house and said: “Jis tarke dhire dhire, sandaon mein hangama, nare baji, takhtiya.. Jiske karan sadanon ki garima girti ja rahi hai” (Slowly slowly the way the rowdiness is created, there are slogans and placards, it degrades the dignity of houses ) said President Lok Sabha.