Panaji, July 19, 2014 … Speaker Shri Rajendra Arlekar has relied his vision to make the Goa Legislative Assembly the first in India to provide a fully online system to its MLAs and staff. More than 50 percent of the MLA questions are now being submitted to the Assembly completely online, and that percentage is rising every day. The aim is to achieve 100 percent paperless operation as soon as possible.
The project consists of four modules. The first module allows MLAs to submit questions online using a two step authentication process to ensure security. The second manages the workflow of the Legislative Assembly so the staff can efficiently process the questions. The third is an answer module where Government Departments can upload the answers, while the fourth is a Public module that can be used by the press and any web user to quickly search the Assembly Question Archive.
Speaker had mandated that the system should be extremely user friendly so that even first time computer users would feel comfortable with it. So far the response from the MLAs and staff using the application has been very positive.
The project was developed in-house by the Department of Information Technology, Goa, using state of the art Open Source tools. Open Source Technologies provide a secure, vendor, neutral and completely transparent development environment that is strongly recommended for Government use.
The system has been designed to run on a cloud platform that can save crores of rupees in hardware and software costs. The DOIT team consisting of Manager (Technical) Shri Amit Tamba and Software Engineers, Shri Rahul Prabhu, Ms. Anuradha Kamat and Shri Deepak Raikar have developed the application following the latest Agile development methodology.
The Goa Legislature Secretariat team consisted comprising Engineers Shri Dilip Shivrekar, Ms. Tahseena Inamdar, Ms. Poonam Kanekar and Shri Sarthak Naik.
To ensure a flawless transition from paper to digital, the monsoon session of the Assembly will continue to use paper as a backup to the e-Assembly workflow, however the same will soon be phased out. The Speaker personally supervised the implementation of the paperless system and encouraged the GLA staff to adopt the same. Several additional modules, including one for Ministers are being planned for the next Session, alongwith user interface and security enhancements.