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Live-streaming of all official meetings soon: Delhi govt

NEW DELHI: Following the alleged assault on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash at the chief minister's residence last week, the Delhi government is mulling live streaming of all official meetings.
Prakash was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs and others during a meeting at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence on February 19.
A senior government official said that as per a plan, live feed of meetings with audio output will be available on a website. The official said that the government was planning to make available live feed of meetings on a website, which can be viewed by everyone.
If the plan is passed, funds will be allocated for it in the upcoming budget, he said.
"Through live streaming of official meetings, people will be able to know who spoke what in the meeting, be it the elected representative or officials," the official said.
There is also a plan to put all file movements and notings online, he said.
"Plan is also to put all file movement and file notings online for people to see who was working on a file for how long, who cleared it and who wrote what on a particular file, be it the elected government or officers," the official said.
In the past, the AAP government had alleged that some officers created hurdles in the works of the city administration. In a letter to LG, deputy CM Manish Sisodia said the officers are not attending meetings called by the ministers and it has taken a toll on the government work. The officers refused to attend two important meetings on Monday called by Sisodia.
Since the alleged attack on the chief secretary, officers have not been attending meetings of the chief minister and his cabinet colleagues, demanding that Kejriwal apologise for the incident.
Last week, Chief Secretary Prakash alleged that he was beaten up by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and another AAP MLA on February 19 night in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the CM residence here, where he had been called for a meeting.
Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party will request the speaker of the Delhi Assembly to make live streaming of all the assembly committee meetings. "I will request the Speaker to allow media in all the Assembly Committee meetings like all progressive democracies in the world. YouTube is full of live broadcasts of US Committee Meetings," said Saurabh Bharadwaj, the chief spokesperson of the party.

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