Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly speaker Dr Rajeev Bindal urged the Centre to establish National e-Vidhan Academy (NeVA) at Tapovan at Dharamshala.

The Speaker along with Union Health Minister JP Nadda met Union minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar at New Delhi on Monday and requested for sanction for establishing the National e-Vidhan Academy, which is essential for successful implementation of e-Vidhan.

He said that this would facilitate in imparting trainings and holding seminars for the Member of Parliament (MPs) and Member Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) and officers from all over India for understanding and adopting e-Vidhan process in their respective legislative bodies.

Bindal informed the Union minister that HP Assembly has become India’s first ever high-tech Paperless Legislative Assembly by launching e-Vidhan System on 4 August, 2014.

Speaker further informed that a group of officers of Parliamentary Affairs visited Shimla in October, 2015 to study the function of e-Vidhan (Paperless Assembly) Project of HP Assembly and its relevance to Parliament and other Legislative Bodies.

The committee in its report suggested that e-Vidhan application of HP Assembly may be customised and localised for all other Legislatures under e-Sansad and e-Vidhan MMP.

The committee also recommended for establishing National e-Vidhan Academy (NeVA) at Tapovan (Dharamshala) under Ministry of Parliament Affairs, Government of India for conducting trainings and seminars for MPs/MLAs and officers from all over India, he added.

He said that the HP Assembly has given consent for establishing NeVA at Tapovan, but there is a need of signing a proper MOU between the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs and HP Vidhan Sabha.

Bindal requested for speedy completion of formalities by the ministry for setting up NeVA. Tapovan at Dharamshala houses state Assembly building, where the winter session of the HP Assembly is held every year.

The state government had taken the decision to have a second Assembly building in Dharamshala in 2005 for the winter session.