The Himachal Vidhan Sabha has been conferred the SKOCH Order-of-Merit Award 2017 for successful implementation of e-Vidhan System in the Legislative Assembly. The Information Technology Director to Speaker of Vidhan Sabha received the award during the 49th SKOCH Summit today in New Delhi.
With the initiative of Speaker Brij Behari Lal Butail, the e-governance solution e-Vidhan was implemented in the HP Vidhan Sabha in 2014 and as a result, the working of the House, including various House Committees and its Secretariat, has become online. By implementing e-Vidhan, the Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has got the distinction of becoming India’s first ever paperless hi-tech Vidhan Sabha. It has resulted in huge saving of papers, money, trees and environment.
The e-Vidhan is a joint effort of the HP Vidhan Sabha, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India (MeitY), National Informatics centre (NIC) and National Informatics centre Services Inc. (NICSI). The initiative to make the Vidan Sabha paperless had helped saving paper worth Rs 14.5 crore. Implementation of Rs 8.12 crore project is part of the green initiative as thousands of trees will be saved and physical movement of files from the Secretariat and the department to Vidhan Sabha during the Assembly session would be avoided resulting in saving of time and fuel.