The idea of giving MLAs and MLCs laptops at our cost was to make them smarter in serving their voters. They should keep basic details of their respective constituency and people and do research so that pro-people programmes could be weaned away from the government.
But the first day of the Assembly session on Monday proved no MLA carried the laptop with them. Nor could one see anyone using them in the Assembly premises where Wi-Fi is provided for their benefits.
Speaking on the issue senior official of AP Assembly, Ramesh Kumar said, it is not mandatory for the MLAs and MLCs to carry their laptops along. Laptops were given for their personal use. There is no compulsion for the MLAs to use the laptops in the House. They can use it anywhere,” he said.
Government chief Whip Gandra Venkata Ramana Reddy, whose basic responsibility is to ensure proper functioning of the House agreed that no MLA was inclined on using personal laptops. “Yes, it is true that no MLA is interested in carrying his or her laptop to the House. And, interestingly, there is no rule to enforce it on them,” Reddy said.
Loksata Party president Jayaparakash Narayana said, “I don’t think MLAs are not using their laptops. Many of them have certainly become computer-savvy and know the basic tricks of how to use it.”
But an Assembly official confided in Postnoon saying that if properly enquired, nine out of every 10 laptops given to the legislators would be found in the possession of their children.