Lok Sabha spokesman Om Birla emphasized the role of technology in the functioning of lawmakers, noting that technology has bridged the gap between democratic institutions and citizens.
Birla is leading the Indian parliamentary delegation to the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference to be held in Halifax, Canada.
Speaking at the workshop “A People’s Parliament: Accessibility through Innovation”, Birla said that in a huge country like India, the IT revolution has played a significant role in strengthening democracy.
He said that information technology not only allows citizens to monitor the work of public representatives in parliament, but also makes public participation in parliamentary democracy easier and more accessible.
In this context, he mentioned Digital India Mission, Digital Sansad, Mobile App and Sansad TV.
Lok Sabha spokesman said that information technology and mobile applications have increased the efficiency of Parliament and parliamentarians and that the Digital Parliament App and Digital Library have increased transparency and accountability in Parliament’s work.
Noting that in a parliamentary democracy, people’s hopes and aspirations are expressed through parliament, Birla said that people see parliament as a vehicle for transforming their socio-economic status.
“As the supreme representative body, it is therefore the responsibility of Parliament to act in accordance with the expectations and aspirations of the people,” said the Lok Sabha spokesman.
He urged delegates to build a prosperous, inclusive and enlightened society so that the benefits of development could reach the last person in line.
Referring to India’s successful democratic system, Birla said that in the 75 years since independence, the people of India have consistently demonstrated their trust in democratic institutions through free and fair elections.
The rising turnout in the elections proved that people see democracy as the best form of government, he said.
Hailing India’s rise on the global stage, Birla said: “We celebrate this year as Amrit Mahotsav of Independence to mark the successful journey of Indian democracy over the past 75 years. On this occasion, the people of India have also decided to make our country the most developed in the community of nations.”
The Lok Sabha spokesman suggested that Commonwealth country parliaments should interact regularly, share best practices and help each other implement those best practices.