GS Paper - 2 (Polity)

A delegation of MLAs from Gujarat visited the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly to learn about the novel e-Vidhan system for paperless proceedings that has been recently adopted by the UP state assembly. Uttar Pradesh is one of the few state legislatures in India that has implemented the digital Vidhan Sabha system, and its last session was completely digitised.

What is the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) system?

  1. The National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) is a system for digitising the legislative bodies of all Indian states and the Parliament through a single platform on which house proceedings, starred/unstarred questions and answers, committee reports etc. will be available.
  2. Nagaland became the first state to implement NeVA, in March this year.
  3. The NeVA system has been developed to make all the work and data related to legislative bodies available online for the use of both citizens and the members of Assemblies. It includes a website and a mobile app.
  4. There has been a shift towards digitisation in recent years by the government. Prime Minister mentioned the idea of “One Nation One Legislative Platform” in November 2021.

Has this been done elsewhere?

  1. Though both Houses of Parliament have not gone fully digital yet, governments world over are heading towards embracing the digital mode.
  2. In December last year, the Government of Dubai became the world’s first government to go 100 percent paperless. It announced all procedures were completely digitised.
  3. The US government announced in 2019 that by the end of 2022, all government agencies would stop dealing with paper.