Yet another step in the direction of paperless governance, says Rio
KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 9: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today inaugurated a fully-automated digitized library and a modernized online training room of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) at Assembly Secretariat, Kohima.
The NLA library houses printed books on different subjects such as Debates, Reports, and Periodicals etc. The library is automated using integrated library management software, Koha.
It is monitored through CCTV surveillance and provides reprography services, digital scanning to digitize proceedings, archival materials etc.
The library also maintains an institutional repository using DSPACE which host various research documents of the Assembly.
Speaking on the occasion, Rio said that a knowledge-based, well-structured, professionally organised library and information service could have positive impact upon the quality of performance of the legislators as well as the collective body of the Assembly.
He said that it is important to bear in mind that a well-informed legislature can help to bring about an informed population ‘which is the greatest asset for a democracy’.
He said that the vision for a good library for the legislators should be to transform itself into a professional, knowledge-based, technologically updated institution, providing quality service to the legislators.
Lauding the NLA Speaker for incorporating the latest technologies into the functioning of the Assembly’s library, he said, “This is yet another step in the direction of paperless governance too.”
Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton said that traditionally, library is seen only as a source of information but modern libraries, with internet connectivity, provide access to so much more within a very little time.
“I believe that this library will not just be a repository of books but will provide an effective information management service to all the members and will also replace paper-based processes creating a congenial atmosphere for effective time, resources and paper documents management,” Patton said.
NLA Speaker Sharingain Longkumer said that the automated library is a milestone in the chapter of the NLA as the Assembly Secretariat takes its first step to be integrated and encapsulated in technology-driven governance.
He said the NLA library houses a huge collection of books and precious records starting from the days of the Interim Period.
The Speaker underscored the need for safekeeping of such important documents.
In the current digitisation and automation process, all the proceedings of the House, starting from the Interim Period were digitized and archived in a digital repository and the process can be scalable for digitizing other records also, he said.
After the digital revamping process, publications of “Who is Who” can be presented in the globally accepted Wiki format now, he added.
According to him, with the inauguration of the training room, the legislators and officers will now have the opportunity to interact and train with resource persons from the Parliament.
“These two achievements have opened the opportunity for Nagaland Legislative Assembly to expeditiously implement complete digitisation and integration of the entire Assembly Secretariat. The dream of paperless Assembly proceedings begins today as a prelude to the comprehensive implementation of e-vidhan,” he said.
(Page News Service)