Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speamer Sharingain Longkumer (right) called on Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to discuss common matters  Credit: DIPR Image

Kohima: Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, in a meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, raised the issue of implementing the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA), the paperless Assembly or e-Assembly in the state. Longkumer called on Birla at his office in Parliament House on Wednesday.

Longkumer urged on the implementation of the E-Vidhan programme, the paperless Assembly project, which is an extension of the e-Governance and Digital India initiatives of the Government of India, for which the Lok Sabha Secretariat is the nodal institution for the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Paperless Assembly or e-Assembly requires electronic means to facilitate the works of the Assembly enabling automation of the entire law making process.

An official statement from the DIPR on Friday said that in the meeting, matters of common interest for both the State Assembly and Parliament were also discussed. Longkumer raised the need for conducting an orientation programme for the Members of the State Assembly in Kohima, through the Lok Sabha Secretariat’s Training and Research Division, PRIDE.

He emphasised on the need for creating greater opportunities for the training of the Assembly Secretariat’s staff both in Delhi and in Kohima with the support of PRIDE.

Meanwhile, Birla promised full support and co-operation towards fulfilling all the concerns that were raised by Longumer. It said that the training and orientation programmes can be expected soon.

Assembly secretary Dr PJ Antony and the Assembly’s legal consultant N Benjamin Newmai accompanied Longkumer to the meeting.

According to a report by Nagaland Post in 2018, Nagaland was supposed to be fully automated with NeVA within a year, with the support of the Central government (as per an official bulletin). However, it is still not implemented in the state.

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