Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may not be the top on the list to implement legislations, but it certainly took the lead by becoming the first Assembly in South Asia to digitize legislative business.
The provincial government has effectively introduced e-governance at the Provincial Assembly, where all members will have access to computerized data. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly has become the ninth assembly in the world to have an e-governance system.
All the proceedings and documents of the Assembly have been digitized. All the legislations documents, resolutions, adjourned motions, questions/answers are just one click away from the parliamentarians.
The move will not only facilitate the parliamentarians but will also help in reducing operational cost/ printing resources of the House, besides saving time. Some times, some documents cost millions of rupees on publication. Further it takes a long time to provide all the documents to parliamentarians at their address, but now all will be available within no time.
Many people wish to see Assembly proceedings and that’s no more a distant dream as they will be available worldwide on internet.
Each member of the house got a touch-screen monitor which will display the daily agenda of the house in the session, avoiding the need to constantly peruse papers.
The provincial government has established a committee comprising members from KP Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (KPPPRA), anti-corruption and information and technology departments that will ensure transparency of the system.
Two-day training will also be provided to members explaining the functioning of the system which will be adopted from the 16th session (the next session).
The project has a separate application for expediting and improving the working of public accounts committees which will automate their businesses and tasks, speeding up their work.
Similarly, the house’s standing committees will have separate application formulated according to their needs and workings. Applications for facilitation of the assembly secretariat staff based on their needs will also be available. The biometric system of the house will be linked with the application and separate database of each employee, officer, vehicle and store that will automatically ensure accountability and transparency.
The project will be completed in phases and will cost Rs 78 million.