National orientation workshop on national e-VIDHAN application (NEVA)

Prelims level : Particulars of NEVA Mains level : Utility of the NeVA in Legislation Projects
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  • Inaugural Session of the two-day National Orientation workshop on National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) and new website and app of NeVA was organized by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
  •  The focus of the workshop would be to encourage all State Legislatures to move towards e-Vidhan platform.
  • This will help bringing in transparency, accountability and responsiveness in their conduct of business, through the use of technology.

National e-Vidhan Application:

  • NEVA is a member-centric, decentralized digital application that makes information available on digital platform about day to day functioning of Legislative Houses covering various businesses of the Houses.
  • The application would host a secure page for each Member of the House for submitting Questions & other Notices.
  •  The mNeVA (NeVA-mobile app) is a device neutral and user friendly app that has made information on conduct of business in Legislatures accessible anytime, anywhere to everyone.
  • It is a work-flow based app deployed in Cloud (Meghraj) which helps the Chair of the House to conduct the proceedings of the House smoothly and the members to carry out their duties in the House efficiently.
  •  NeVA has made live for Rajya Sabha in respect of Monsoon Session 2018 and information in respect of Lok Sabha is being updated.

e-Vidhan Project:

  •  e-Vidhan is a Mission Mode Project to digitize and make the functioning of State Legislatures paperless.
  •  This is part of Digital India programme and Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, being the Nodal Ministry for this project.
  • It desires to roll out e-Vidhan as NeVA covering all 40 Houses including two Houses of Parliament and thereby putting all them on a single platform and proving the theory of ‘One Nation One Application’.
  •  It is to be used by the Legislatures as well as all the Government Departments.
  • This journey began with a pilot project executed in Himachal Pradesh with the central assistance of Rs.8.12 crores which made the Shimla Legislative Assembly the first Assembly in India to go paperless in 2014.
  •  This project resulted into overall savings of about Rs.5.08 crores annually on account of expenditure on papers, printing, manpower costs and conservation of forests/ trees as ancillary benefits.
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