The Maharashtra government has decided to procure computer tablets in a bid to introduce paperless functioning in the state legislature from the upcoming session in Nagpur from December 5.
A government panel set up for procurement of the tablets has given its approval along with financial sanction, a member of the panel said on Wednesday.
“States like Goa and Haryana are already using tablet computers during sessions of their respective legislative assembly,” said senior Congress leader and MLC Manikrao Thakre.
The state government spends around Rs 50 crore annually for publication of various committee reports, official surveys, reference reports and daily reports for the members of assembly and council. Compared to that, the tablets will cost only Rs 5 crore.
“Once the tablets are procured, the cost of [publishing] documents will be saved,” Thakre said. Also, the high-speed internet is expected to significantly reduce the waste of time in searching the information and presenting it before the House.