Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar today launched the state legislature’s website ‘www.aplegislature.org’.
“The website is intended to empower legislators and improve their performance as expectations from the public are growing,” Manohar said.
The website has a feature called ‘e-petition’ which enables citizens to submit representations to the legislature on “genuine community grievances”, right from the village level. The submissions would be referred to the Committee on Petitions.
MLCs and MLAs can also post their questions online for listing in the respective Houses. The facility would be available all 365 days, the Speaker said.
The website also provides information about the history, rules, procedures and functioning of the legislature, and contains 3.11 lakh pages of data, from the year 1952.
Proceedings of the Assembly would be webcast live when the House is in session, Manohar said, adding that the day’s proceedings would be uploaded on the site in text form.
“This is a unique website for any legislature in the country. We have made constituency-wise information relating to development initiatives like weaker section housing, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme, health insurance, ration cards, welfare pensions and student scholarships available on the site, but in the first phase they will be accessible only to the members,” the Speaker said.
The Centre for Good Governance developed the portal, under its Director General G Phani Kumar.
Legislative Council Chairman A Chakrapani, Legislature Secretary S Raja Sadaram, and other officials were present on the occasion.