New Delhi, May 22 : The Lok Sabha Secretariat has made extensive arrangements to render all possible assistance to the newly-elected Members of the 17th Lok Sabha so that they do not face any inconvenience when they arrive in the capital.
However, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has announced that the newly elected Members will be accommodated in Western Court and its newly built Annexe and various State Bhavans.
"The Lok Sabha Secretariat has done away with system of transit accommodation in Hotels," Secretary General of Lok Sabha Snehlata Shrivastava told reporters here. Briefing reporters here, she said registration of the newly elected members will commence from 4pm on May 23 (Thursday) and continue till May 28. "It may be extended if necessary," she said.
"The members can register online with regard to forms in one Part such as oath/affirmation, specimen signature, transit accommodation, declarations under relevant rules," the Secretary General said.
She also informed that Returning Officers in all Parliamentary Constituencies have already been informed about the arrangements being made by the Lok Sabha Secretariat for the newly-elected members in respect of transit accommodation, telephone facilities and their other preliminary requirements.
"Members have been requested to bring with them the Certificate of Election (in original) issued to them by the Returning Officer concerned when they visit Parliament House. For the first time, the advance copy of the documentation, containing various forms, has been forwarded to the Returning Officers for the use of the Members," she said. She further said as part of the outreach plan, 56 Nodal officers of the Lok Sabha Secretariat have been assigned around 8 to 10 constituencies each to get in touch with the newly-elected Members, and to guide them about the various formalities.
"Further, the Members will be immediately issued Permanent Identity Cards on their arrival in Parliament House. Earlier, the Members and their spouses were issued temporary passes," she said.
Ms Shrivastava also informed that the Lok Sabha Secretariat has also set up Guide Posts at Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminals I, II and III), New Delhi Railway Station (both Ajmeri Gate and Paharganj side), Old Delhi Railway Station, Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station and Anand Vihar Railway Station to receive the newly-elected Members.
These Guide Posts will function on May 23 from 1800 hrs to 2300 hrs and thereafter from May 24 to 28 from 0500 hrs to 2300 hrs. These Guide Posts are basically Reception Centres where Members will be received on their arrival in the capital, she said.
The Secretary General said that Room No. 62 in Parliament House will function as the Facilitation Centre for the new Members, which will be functional from May 23 to 28.
"This time all formalities and paper-work relating to the registration, salary and allowances, nominations, transit accommodation and a host of other matters would be completed at a single desk. This new system will not only obviate the need of the Member moving from desk to desk but also save a substantial amount of time".
In its mission to make Parliament a paperless institution, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has introduced some changes in regard to the publications which are given to the newly elected Members.
Medical Posts will also function on a 24X7 basis in Parliament House and Western Court, she said. (UNI)