India's Parliament is going paperless and every unused tonne will save 24 trees

A view of the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (LSTV Grab/PTI)(
  • Lok Sabha is soon going digital by adopting paperless policy from the next session.
  • Members of Parliaments will now use digital documents to write down questions.
  • Last year, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs introduced NeVA (National eVidhan Application), a project worth ₹739 crore, to bring the legislature system on a digital platform.
Lok Sabha is all set to go digital by going paperless from the next session. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla plans to cut down costs with this move, he said on Wednesday.

"This policy will be adopted when we will meet for the next session of Parliament after two or two-and-a-half months. Our aim is to save maximum money of Parliament," reported news agency IANS citing Om Birla.

After the move, the Members of Parliaments will use digital documents to write down questions. And every unused tonne will save 24 trees

Cost of paper

The Parliament and the state assemblies use papers to raise questions and table bills. Different colours are used to print different types of questions.

Last year, the Government said that both the houses and 31 state legislatures will go paperless.

There are more than 5000 thousands members in the legislature system in India. And these, members raise over 200,000 questions, and t ons of paper is used to print them.

Both Parliament and state assemblies submit over 500 committee reports, over 1,700 Bills and 25,000 notices every year. Hence , Parliament has to incur a considerable amount of cost to support its paperwork.

Last year, the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs introduced NeVA (National eVidhan Application), a project worth ₹739 crore, to bring the legislature system on a digital platform.

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