Speaker makes computer literacy mandatory for MPs

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday made it mandatory for all parliamentarians to be fluent and proficient in information communication technology and computer literacy.

Making an announcement, the Speaker said that all facilities had now been installed in the Parliament complex for the purpose and requested the MPs to make use of them so that the parliamentary affairs could be brought up to a higher level.

All MPs were given a personal email account and password, he said adding that the MPs should obtain them from the Parliamentary Secretary General’s office.

The MPs were asked to obtain their passwords and change them to their liking yesterday itself so that the systems could function with immediate effect and the secrecy of information would be ensured.

The MPs would be able to log on to a network and a data bank pertaining to questions and answers made in Parliament, details and contents of the Acts and Bills, information on parliament committees and the data base was meant to be a one stop shop for all the information relevant to legislative procedures.

Personal computer units and printers with access to internet have been installed in MPs lobbies in both government and opposition sides.

Parliament sources said that the move was the first step towards installing a system and introducing electronic voting to the MPs so that they could cast their votes by clicking a key instead of standing up and saying aye.

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