Nagpur: Taking a step forward in digitalization, the 2-tier Maharashtra State Legislature (Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council) has become the first Legislative body in the country to invite online queries from its members on public related issues.
Confirming this new change, both Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Speaker Ramraje Nimbalkar-Naik and Legislative Council Chairman Haribhau Bagade said, while informally chatting to media persons during inspection of ‘Suyog’, a temporary camp for sojourn of journalists during Winter Session, that the online-queries system has replaced the age-old written-questions-answer system and become successful to the extent of 40% as of now, including call-attention motions, resolutions, etc., on experiment. Thus Maharashtra Legislature has become first in the country to go digital, they added.
Present on this occasion were Parliaments Affairs Minister Girish Bapat, MLA Ashish Deshmukh, Publicity DG Chandrashekhar Oke, Principal Secretary Dr Anant Kalse, District Collector Sachin Kurve, NMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Shivaji Mankar, Mohan Rathod and camp-chief Uday Tanpathak.
At the outset, Tanpathak welcomed the Speaker and the Chairman with floral gesture and apprised them of all necessary arrangements made for the scribes in Suyog. On this occasion, the issue of providing a permanent building for stay of journalists during winter session was also discussed.
Dr Kalse said, the online invitation of queries is receiving a good response in the beginning as it was introduced for the first time in state.