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    NIC portals may be tapped for parliament session

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    The e-portals — mprs.nic.in and membersls.nic.in — are managed by National Informatics Centre and give exclusive access to MPs through user name and a digital signature.

    The government has rejected suggestions of using videoconferencing apps like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to allow MPs to participate. “It has to be a secure portal managed by NIC,” said the official. The government is now exploring enhancing the members’ portal.
    NEW DELHI: Existing secure e-portals are likely to help MPs participate in live Parliament proceedings in the forthcoming monsoon session. Members have been using the facility, hosted on Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha websites, to give notices online and also by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats to circulate important reports and meeting notices.

    The e-portals — mprs.nic.in and membersls.nic.in — are managed by National Informatics Centre and give exclusive access to MPs through user name and a digital signature.

    According to sources, the government ment to the portals so that MPs can participate in House discussions. This option of attending Parliament virtually would be given to MPs if they do not wish to travel to Delhi for the monsoon session in August.

    A senior parliamentary affairs ministry official told ET: “Even as we are preparing to hold the session following social distancing norms, we would give the option to MPs to attend Parliament virtually. It is not difficult through technological solutions.”

    The government has rejected suggestions of using videoconferencing apps like Zoom or Microsoft Teams to allow MPs to participate. “It has to be a secure portal managed by NIC,” said the official. The government is now exploring enhancing the members’ portal.

    It is internally being called “hybrid version” of the portal. “At present, the portal is also being used to circulate notices and those members who want written paper copies are being given those. So this will be done for monsoon session — that is, give both options to MPs,” said another official.

    The session is likely to last two weeks instead of a month. According to sources, government business would include Covid-19-related issues, including pandemic management and economic packages unveiled till then. “There is a possibility of the government coming up with supplementary demand for grants. After the budget was passed, we faced unprecedented crisis and expenditure under different heads was diverted towards economic packages.

    The opposition would demand a discussion on this and these would need a formal approval of Parliament,” said a Lok Sabha Secretariat official, who did not wish to be identified.
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