<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to reduce the use of paper, the Delhi Assembly has directed the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government in the Capital to respond to lawmakers’ questions via email or in a pen drive.In a recent directive to the head of all departments of the state government, the Delhi secretariat stated they should use PDF format to file their replies to questions asked by MLAs during the Question Hour in the Assembly.An official said the system will come into effect when the four-day Monsoon session of the Assembly begins on August 8. “All principal secretaries, secretaries, and heads of departments should send their replies by e-mail and in a pen drive. Reply to each question should be given in a separate PDF file, along with requisite enclosures, if any,” the directive stated.The official said the move is aimed at making the Delhi Assembly transactions paperless. The lawmakers, however, would continue to get hard copies of the replies in the House. “After receiving the soft copies, the Secretariat will upload them on the Assembly’s website so that people won’t need to file the Right To Information (RTI) applications for the same,” the official said, requesting anonymity.On July 10, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the AAP government would put all the relevant information online to ensure transparency in its functioning. He had said the government also plans to upload all RTI replies online to ensure there was no repetition of applications.Meanwhile, the Monsoon session of the Delhi Assembly is set to begin on August 8 and will continue for four days. The government might table its pending Bills, which were passed by the Delhi Assembly but were sent back by the Centre, which had stated that the AAP dispensation had not taken the consent of the Lieutenant Governor (LG).Last week, Kejriwal had directed the law department to submit a “way forward” roadmap on legislative bills that are awaiting Centre’s clearance.

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AAP told to reply in Assembly via email, pen drive