Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, while giving a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha today, gave details on the status of implementation of National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) Project. Paperless Assembly or e-Assembly is a concept involving electronic means to facilitate the work of Assembly. It enables automation of the entire lawmaking process, tracking of decisions and documents, sharing of information. NeVA aims to bring all the legislatures of the country together, in one platform thereby creating a massive data depository without having the complexity of multiple applications, the Minister said.
It is a Mission Mode Project (MMP) comes under the Digital India Programme.
Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MoPA) is the ‘Nodal Ministry’ for its implementation in all the 31 States/UTs with Legislatures.
The funding for e-Vidhan is provided by the MoPA and technical support by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY).
The funding of NeVA is through Central Sponsored Scheme i.e. 60:40; and 90:10 for North East & hilly States and 100% for UTs.
It aims to bring all the legislatures of the country together, in one platform thereby creating a massive data depository without having the complexity of multiple applications.
Highlights of NeVA:
Paperless Assembly or e-Assembly is a concept involving electronic means to facilitate the work of Assembly.
It enables automation of the entire lawmaking process, tracking of decisions and documents, sharing of information.
Through cloud technology (Meghraj), data deployed can be accessed anywhere at any time.
The live webcasting of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV is also available on this application.
Doordarshan has already been enabled with provision to incorporate similar facility in respect of State Legislatures.
Himachal Pradesh is already the first Digital Legislature of the country.
Central Project Monitoring Unit (CPMU) and Detailed Project Report (DPR):
The CPMU under MoPA is responsible for reviewing the financial and technical progress of the project. The State will prepare a detailed project report (DPR) and gap analysis report.
State level project monitoring committee will carry out the technical scrutiny and financial scrutiny of the DPR and after final approval of the same will be sent to the MoPA for approval.
After the technical and financial scrutiny, funds will be released for project implementation.
State Government’s Role in the implementation of e-Vidhan:
The State Government will appoint a Secretary level officer to be designated as the nodal officer/representative for e-Vidhan implementation in the State Legislature(s).
State Government will bear the funds required for running of e-Vidhan MMP after 3 years.
The State Government will ensure capacity building for the effective implementation of e-Vidhan MMP module.
State Government/Legislature will undertake maintenance and replacement of ICT equipment after 3 years.
The release of next instalment would not be made in case the utilization certificate and confirmation of the release of funds by the state government of their share is not received by the CPMU.