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Ignorance of information technology offers no protection from a future that will arrive whether we want it or not. Information technology by itself emerging as a large-scale activity,no country or region can remain insulated from this revolution and will change the lives of people even those who are not directly involved with it by trans forming the way they live. It is,therefore, befitting to consider the technology and contemplate the same how to make use of it in transforming the way parliament/legislature works. As we are living in an era of 'information age' the world today has been divided into 'the fast and the slow' or in other words 'high-tech and low-tech'.India is in the second category. Information technology is inconceivable without democracy and a true parliamentary democracy is unthinkable without freedom of information.The growth of information technology alone would not be adequate if it had not found application in all walk of life including parliament works.As everything in this technology to do with computer the term may also be interpreted as 'Computerisatio of Parliament/State Assembly' Communication and information technology have a great potential in parliament works.The free flow of information has had a direct impact on the degree of accountability and transparency of government which in turn may impede the growth of corruption by the intervention of parliament or legislature.In fact there is no area where information technology can not be used and better result achieved.Most of the parliament works fall into one of the following points: (a) Legislative control over executive (b) building an effective relationship with the media (c) interaction with executive and public etc.Application of information technology in each area can be done successfully.The technology opens up opportunity through internet communication between parliament and media(P2P),parliament and parliament of other nations(P2P),member and constituent (M2C) etc. Access to information can draw people together by increasing understanding of other nations which is one of the important elements of sustainable development.Since the information flows in transparent ambience in this technology parliament can efficiently exercise legislative control in prudent manner.Each media advance has had a substantial effect on how parliament/government and the people interact.The free flow of information makes communication with the constituents easier and fast which ultimately lead to identification of problem faced by the constituents. Parliament alone cannot be transformed into information technology unless speedy and easy access of information on the services and activities of government are developed.This would necessarily involve a mechanism to provide free flow of information except classified information. In order to achieve this goal developing countries may need help from advanced countries.The Commonwealth Association has a key role to play to bridge the gap the so called 'digital divide'.In this connection I may put forth the following proposals for consideration: (1)helping member states to access this technology (2)information cell of CPA be created which shall be connected with member states. (3)provide information regarding parliamentary practice and procedure (4)organise training by CPA Secretariat for officers of Parliament Secretariat and State Legislatures in the field of information technology.
From time immemorial men have searched for the best form of government. In the course of its quest,different kinds of government had evolved. None of the mode of governance, however, fully satisfied the ideal form of government. Albeit democracy is not free from its shortcomings and criticism, it is still the least unsatisfactory and the most widely acceptable form of government. Democracy has been adopted in India in the context of parliamentary system. More than fifty years have passed since our independence and we are still not sure whether our present system is suitable to address the condition of poverty and regional imbalance. As I cited earlier democracy is not the best form of government, at the same time there is no better system of government other than democracy. Harold Laski once observed, “Parliamentary government, to retain its hold,must give the promise of great results. Nothing is more dangerous in a democratic state than a condition in which the people are persuaded that the fundamental instruments of its government are not equal to the tasks that are imposed upon them. A habit of lethargy is thereby induced which easily persuades a people to lend a ready ear the siren voices of dictatorship. This is especially true in a time like our own....” This observation indicates that in order to function democratically and to arrest it from becoming dictatorship, government has to perform with high standard of moral values. The Ethics Committee of Rajya Sabha observes in its report that our freedom fighters and national leaders had set high ethical and moral standards in public life and they followed those principles scrupulously. This tendency, the Committee, painfully observes, is now on a decline. Our freedom fighters sacrificed their lives at the altar of liberty. It is incumbent on the people of this generation to pay respect to our freedom fighters and the best thing we can do, in my opinion in this regard is to refurbish democracy and set a high moral standard and strictly follow the same. At some quarters views are expressed over the general decline of values in public life. Some people even dare to call Parliament as 'Den of Scoundrel'. Members should not be over sensitive over the remark because the people may have a reason to do so in view of the content of their characters. One of the consequences of immoral characters is criminalisation of politics. It is sad but true to note that that criminals have a link with our political institutions. Some advocated electoral reforms and appropriate legislation may eradicate criminalisation of politics in our country.This is partly true, but the most important step to curb criminalisation is to follow high ethical and moral standards in public life. The decline in moral and ethical standards breeds corruption. Our values are so eroded that the young generation sees corruption as a part of our culture. Corruption invades our culture and social attitudes and destroys our economy. It also tarnishes our image and other world may labelling us 'unstable'. We must, therefore, accept and frankly recognise with shame or without shame corruption is rampant in our country and we have a problem to solve, and the solution of which is within us. We must not only oppose to corruption but we must fight corruption with all its manifestations. t may not be and easy task, but it is a challenge to the integrity of many facets of life. Democracy is meaningful only when public is playing its parts in rejecting persons without moral fibres. I may conclude this essay with the words of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, “We all of us are interested in seeing that the administration is maintained at a high level not only of efficiency but of purity.” said he.