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CDs thrown away, MPs ask for laptops

Parliament would seek possibilities of providing a laptop computer to each MP, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said yesterday (10).

He made this observation in Parliament when MPs expressed their discontent that they could not take away the laptops that have already been given to them as they were fixed to their desks. They said that those laptops were very significant for them to access documents in relation to the parliamentary affairs at any given moment.

Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera in response said that the proposal to use the latest technology to provide reports and other documents to MPs other than by way of CDs was a worthy suggestion. He added that it did not seem most of the MPs use those CDs and were seen to be thrown away.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Matara District MP Buddhika Pathirana raising a point of order said that various documents including annual reports and performance reports of ministries and statutory bodies are provided to MPs in Compact Discs.

“These CDs are a waste of money,” MP Pathirana said. “Years back, these reports came in book format and kept on our tables. Thereafter a positive move was taken to replace books with CDs. As we know many MPs do not use them. They do not take those CDs away with them. It could be seen that some of those CDs are now lying along corridors here.That is not only a financial loss but an environmental hazard. Each MP has been given a laptop. These reports could be saved in those laptops. As per the past few days, CDs for more than 100 reports have been given to each MP. I propose that we should move on to a more modern system that would not cause environmental damage and save money.”

At this stage the Speaker said that the reports have already been sent to the MPs’ laptops.

At this stage Opposition MP S.M.Marikkar said that they could not take away the laptops that have already been given to them as they were fixed to their desks.


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