Only e-versions of Parliament reports to be available

Only e-versions of Parliament reports to be available

A decision has been taken to publish annual reports, performance reports and other relevant reports of Parliament as e-versions, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana said.

He said that the decision was taken as a measure to address the contemporary economic crisis in the country and to minimize possible environmental concerns. The Speaker also appreciated the support of all Members of Parliament in this regard.

Accordingly, it has been decided to appoint an officer to deal with the matter, and to send soft copies of such reports which are to be tabled on the relevant dates through an e-mail to Members of Parliament.

It was also decided to include soft copies of reports tabled daily in a specialized web portal on the Parliamentary website so that they can be accessed on laptops / desktops, tablets or mobile phones. The Speaker further stated that steps will be taken to make several hard copies of these reports available to the Committees for reference purposes which will be kept in the library.

It was decided at the Committee on Parliamentary Business meeting held recently to inform the Secretaries of all the Ministries on this regard and expedite the implementation of this program, the Speaker further stated.

The focus of the Committee was directed towards the current environmental difficulties in procuring printing materials, as well as the difficulty of finding imported CDs in the market and the high cost it involves, as well as the adverse environmental impact of CD recycling on the environment. (Colombo Gazette)

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