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Digital Technology for House Committee Meetings

Parliament is exploring the possibility of conducting virtual meetings of the Committees using digital facilities to meet the regulations and guidelines of social distancing.

A mock exercise was conducted by the senior management of the Parliament Secretariat with the participation of the Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake and Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary General Neil Iddawala in this regard.

The plan is to have online meetings with a minimum number of participants where officials and other government institutions can virtually be present at the meetings also enabling Members of Parliament,

Government officials and the public to take part in the Committee meeting without traveling to Parliament.

The opportunity to virtually be present for meetings during non-sitting days where Parliamentarians will be able to participate in the meetings via video conference from their constituency without traveling to Parliament was also considered.

The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake, commenting on the mock exercise conducted stated that many committee rooms are already equipped with the requisite camera facilities to livestream. Thus the possibilities of conducting meetings digitally are being explored. If social distancing regulations continue, the meetings may have to be conducted virtually and the secretariat is in the process of identifying the shortcomings and the glitches in the technology.

The Secretary General of Parliament further emphasized that as Parliament has only eight committee rooms, thus conducting virtual Committee meetings will be useful in terms of reducing congestion as well as saving time and money. Accordingly, the Parliament Secretariat will continue to conduct a few more mock exercises to enhance this process.

Secretary General of the Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake added that the Secretariat wishes to propose these measures when the Ninth Parliament commences.

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