Details Of :- Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management in Rajya Sabha

Chairman:- Shri Tiruchi Siva
Constituted on:- 20-Mar-2021


Introduction

The issue of providing computers to the Members of Rajya Sabha, to facilitate their parliamentary work, was first considered by the General Purposes Committee of Rajya Sabha (GPC) at its meeting held on 14 February, 1995. Thereafter, notebook/laptop computers were procured in that very year for supply to Members on a returnable basis. For this purpose, Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament-Rules and Procedures, 1995 (hereinafter called “the 1995 Rules”) were framed.

         With the supply of notebook computers, requests from Members for other equipment and services started pouring in.  In order to have an institutional arrangement for proper consideration of such matters, the GPC at its meeting held on 20 February, 1997 recommended that a Committee consisting of seven members be constituted to go into all aspects relating to supply, etc. of computers to Members of Rajya Sabha and authorized the Chairman, Rajya Sabha to nominate such a Committee.  Accordingly, the Committee on Provision of Computer Equipment to Members of Rajya Sabha was constituted by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha on 18 March, 1997.

To make available various tools of information technology to the Members of Rajya Sabha, this Committee revised the 1995 Rules and formulated the “Provision of Computer Equipment (Members and Officers) Rules, 2008” with the approval of the Chairman, Rajya Sabha which came into force on 1st April 2008. These revised Rules have a Scheme of Financial Entitlement  using which Members can procure computer equipment of their choice to aid their Parliamentary work.

         The Committee (i) decides parameters with regard to application of information technology in the functioning of Rajya Sabha; (ii) decides norms for provision of computer hardware and software to be made available to Members from time to time along with suitable training to enable Members for proficient use of IT tools; and (iii) takes steps to ensure increasing use of electronic mode of information dissemination in the Rajya Sabha.


Member:                    Vacant :

S.No
Member Name
House
State / UT
Party
1 Shri Tiruchi Siva Rajya Sabha Tamil Nadu Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
2 Shri Rakesh Sinha Rajya Sabha Nominated Bharatiya Janata Party
3 Shri Sujeet Kumar Rajya Sabha Odisha Biju Janata Dal
4 Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy Rajya Sabha Telangana Telangana Rashtra Samithi
5 Shri Venkataramana Rao Mopidevi Rajya Sabha Andhra Pradesh Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party
6 Shri Ram Nath Thakur Rajya Sabha Bihar Janata Dal (United)
7 Shri Neeraj Dangi 1 Rajya Sabha Rajasthan Indian National Congress
8 Dr. John Brittas 2 Rajya Sabha Kerala Communist Party of India (Marxist)

1 Member w.e.f. 13/08/2021
2 Member w.e.f. 13/08/2021

Ministry Name.:  
Year  

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THE PROVISION OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT (MEMBERS OF RAJYA SABHA AND OFFICERS) RULES, 2008                                                             

(as amended up to 9th September, 2021)

1          Short Title, Extent and Commencement

(i)                 These rules may be called the Provision of Computer Equipment (Members of Rajya Sabha and Officers) Rules, 2008.

(ii)               They extend to Members of Rajya Sabha and Officers of Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

(iii)             They shall come into force on the 1st April, 2008.

2.         Definitions

In these rules and procedures unless the context otherwise requires:-

(i)                 “Annexure” means an Annexure to these rules.

(ii)               “Committee” means the Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management in Rajya Sabha.

(iii)             “Computer equipment” means all electronic gadgets capable of storing, retrieving, processing, scanning, transferring and printing of data by whatever name called, and includes all equipment specified in the Annexure.

(iv)             "GeM" means Government e-Marketplace which is an online portal hosted by Government of India for sale and purchase of common use goods and services.

(v)               "GFR" means General Financial Rules, the compilation of rules and orders of the Government of India to be followed while dealing with matters involving public finances.

(vi)             “Member” for the purpose of these rules means a sitting Member of Rajya Sabha.

(vii)           “NIC” means the National Informatics Centre of the Department of Information Technology, Government of India.

(viii)         “Officer” means an officer not below the rank of Joint Secretary in Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

(ix)             “Scheme” means the Scheme of Financial Entitlement of Members of Rajya Sabha for Computer Equipment, as delineated in Rules 4, 5 and 6.

(x)               “Secretariat” means the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.

(xi)             “Software” means a programme or a set of programmes used to operate a computer, and includes a system software.

(xii)           “STAC” means the Standing Technical Advisory Committee constituted under Rule 8.

 

3.         Provision of Computer Equipment

Computer equipment shall be made available to the Members and Officers to enable them to discharge their functions/duties.

 

4.         Financial Entitlement of Members of Rajya Sabha for Computer Equipment

(i)                 The computer equipment shall be made available to the Members through a Scheme of financial entitlement.

(ii)               The financial entitlement of a Member for purchasing computer equipment and software under the Scheme shall be as follows:

(a)                Rs.2,50,000/- if  elected/nominated to Rajya Sabha for a term of more than three years.

(b)               Rs.2,00,000/- if elected/nominated to Rajya Sabha in bye election on a casual vacancy for a term of three years or  less.

(c)                Additional Rs 1,50,000/- would be available to a Member after a period of three years of his / her term subject to condition that minimum period of term left is not less than three months.

(d)               XXX

(iii)             The adequacy of the amounts specified in sub-rule (ii) shall be reviewed by the Committee annually and revision, if any, shall take effect prospectively.

(iv)             Under the Scheme, Members shall be entitled to purchase any or all of the items of computer equipment specified in the Annexure. The Committee shall review every year, at the time of reviewing financial entitlement, if any items should be added to or deleted from the specified list.


(v)               The Members shall be free to purchase any model of the computer equipment and software, specified in the Annexure, at any time during their term.  The Members shall be equally free to purchase any mix of computer equipment specified in the Annexure subject to the condition that the amount of reimbursement shall not exceed the “entitlement” as fixed by the Committee:

Provided that in case the cost of equipment purchased by the Member exceeds his financial entitlement, the difference between the said cost and the said entitlement shall be borne by the Member himself.

(vi)             The Committee shall notify, from time to time, the procedure regulating the purchase of computer equipment by the Members, including restrictions, if any, to be imposed in this regard.

(vii)           X XX

(viii)         The computer equipment purchased by a Member under the Scheme shall remain with him even after he ceases to be a Member.

 

(ix)             X XX

 

5.         Reimbursement towards the Purchase of Computer Equipment

Subject to provisions of sub-rules (ii) and (v) of Rule 4, a Member shall be able to avail of the Scheme by purchasing the computer equipment and passing on the proof of payment to the IT Section for reimbursement.  On certification by the IT Section, the MS&A Section shall make the reimbursement to the Member.

6.         Maintenance and Insurance of Computer Equipment

(i)                 It shall be for the Member to decide if he wishes to get the computer equipment purchased under the Scheme insured, and he shall do so himself.  Similarly, the arrangement for the maintenance of the computer equipment shall be made by the Member himself.

(ii)               XXX

7.         Provision of Computer Equipment for Officers

(i)                 Officers shall be provided the items of computer equipment for use at their residences and the guidelines / procedure for purchase and supply of the same shall be framed with the approval of Chairman of the Committee from time to time.

 

(ii)        The Computer equipment shall be procured as per the relevant provision of the General Financial Rules (GFR), as amended from time to time.

 

Provided that in case of  procurement of proprietary items, the equipment can be purchased through authorised vendors of manufacturer withthe approval of Chairman of the Committee.

 

            (iii)       The maintenance for the equipment supplied by the Secretariat shall be  provided by the Secretariat except that of handheld communicator / smart  phone which would be available against reimbursement.

 

(iv)      An officer may request for upgrading the computer equipment after three   years of supply. In case, it is not technically feasible to upgrade the computer   equipment, it shall be replaced by new equipment. The Officer shall have to purchase the replaced computer equipment at a cost of 10% of the original             cost of the equipment at the time of procurement.

 

(v)        In case of superannuation of the Officer and/or leaving the Secretariat, he shall be allowed to retain the computer equipment. Such retention shall be allowed on the cost to be charged from officers for purchase of the computer equipment, which is to be calculated @60% depreciation per year on the written down value. The cost of software and maintenance shall not be taken into account while calculating depreciation.

8.         Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC)

                                            i.            The Committee shall constitute a Standing Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) comprising of officers of the Secretariat and the NIC.The Committee shall be free to vary the composition of STAC as it deems fit.

                                          ii.            STAC shall advise the Committee regarding:

(a)       Annual review of the Scheme, particularly with regard to revision of financial entitlement of Members and additions/deletions/modifications in the list of computer equipment at Annexure;

9.         Training

The Secretariat may organize, from time to time, training programmes for the Members and Officers, in collaboration with the NIC and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to familiarize them with the use of computer equipment /customized software and latest developments in e-governance.

10.       Provision for Relaxation of Rules.

Notwithstanding anything contained in these Rules, the Chairman, Rajya Sabha may relax any rule in its application, if so recommended by the Committee.

11.       Provision for Amendment

These rules may be amended with the approval of the Hon’ble Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

12.       Repeal

The Provision of Computers to Members of Parliament and Officers- Rules and Procedures, 1995 are hereby repealed without prejudice to anything done under those rules before the coming into force of these rules.  

PROCEDURE

FOR THE PURCHASE OF COMPUTER EQUIPMENT BY MEMBERS

(Under sub rule (vi) of Rule 4)

I           Admissible Hardware/Software

The following computer equipment and software can be purchased by the Members under the Rules:

(i)                 Desktop computer

(ii)               Laptop Computer

(iii)             Pen drive

(iv)             Printer (DeskJet/LaserJet/Multi-function/portable)

(v)               Scanner

(vi)             UPS (with desktop only)

(vii)           Handheld communicator/computer /smart phone

(viii)         Data internet card

(ix)             MS Office suite

(x)               Language software and Speech recognition software

(xi)             E-reader

(xii)           Computer Monitor

(xiii)         External Hard Drive

(xiv)         Ancillary items/necessary accessories to the IT equipment –

 1. Anti-Virus Software

 2. Speakers

 3. Headphone

4. Microphone

5. WebCam

6. Bluetooth Headset/ Airpods

7. Stylus (compatible)

8. External Keyboard, Smart Keyboard

9. Laptop Bag

10. Cooling Pad

11. Phone/eReader Cover

12. Tempered Glass/Screen Guard

13. Warranty extension packs

(xv)       Any other equipment with approval of the Chairman of the Committee

2.         Members will have complete freedom of choice in respect of purchase of the admissible computer equipment as enumerated in para I above, and may purchase any model of reputed brands from the Original Equipment Manufacturers or their authorized vendors. Members may also purchase the equipment from any vendor of their choice; however, in that case, they should satisfy themselves about the genuineness of the products, warranty cover and the quality of after-sales-service support.

3.         The Members shall themselves obtain warranty services, maintenance and insurance towards the computer equipment that they purchase using their financial entitlement.

4.         In case of purchase of a Data Internet Card by a Member, reimbursement towards such tariff plans, in which the cost of Data Internet card was inbuilt, shall be allowed.

 5.        Members should purchase licensed software for use in the computers procured under the Scheme specified in the Rules.

II.        Restriction on purchase of equipment during last 3 months of tenure

6.         A Member is not entitled to purchase any computer equipment out of his financial entitlement during the last three months of his/her term and submit claim thereof. Accordingly, claims received from Members for purchase of computer equipment during the last three months of their term will not be entertained, and if received, the same will be returned to the Member.

III.       Proof of Purchase

7.         In pursuance of Rule 5, every Member shall produce the Bill(s), in original, of the purchase made by him/her while seeking reimbursement of the same. A bill/invoice/any other document, issued by the vendor, would constitute an admissible proof of purchase provided it contains/reflects:

        i.            the name of the Member;

      ii.            the serial number of each equipment sold;

    iii.            the fact that the goods have been delivered; and

    iv.            the fact that the payment has been received in full. 

IV.       Removal of Difficulties

8.         If any difficulty arises in giving effect to this procedure, the Chairman of the Committee on Information and Communication Technology Management in Rajya Sabha may make such provisions, not inconsistent with the provisions of the Rules, as appear to be necessary or expedient for removing that difficulty. 

For any further information contact:

IT Sections (H&S)

Room No. 209,

Rajya Sabha Secretariat,

Parliament House Annexe,

New Delhi-110001

Phone: 011-23034325

011-23034074

e-mail: rsccell@sansad.nic.in

n inserted at item no 7 in October 2014 on the recommendation made in 72nd meeting of the Committee.


Sr. No.

Officer Name

Address

Phone No.

E-mail

1.

Shri Pradeep Chaturvedi,

Joint Secretary

 

Room No. 525, PHA,

New Delhi.

 011-23035253,      011-23093550


 

pradeep.chaturvedi@sansad.nic.in

2.

Shri S. Rangarajan

Director

Room No. 146 PHA,

New Delhi

 

011-23034014

 

 


s.ranga@sansad.nic.in


 

3.

Dr. Saket Kumar,

Deputy Secretary

 

Room No. 238, PHA,

New Delhi

 

  011-23035405

 

saket.kr27@sansad.nic.in

 

4.

Ms. Oindrila Roy

Deputy Secretary

Room No. 212-A, PHA, 

New Delhi

011- 23035749,


oindrila.roy@sansad.nic.in


5.

Shri Rajiv Saxena

Under Secretary

Room No. 209, PHA, 

 New Delhi.

011-23034074,

23034325

Fax-23010883

 


rsccell@sansad.nic.in

rajiv.saxena67@sansad.nic.in




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Meeting Attendance
S.No.
Date of Sitting /Sitting From /Sitting To
Member Name
Venue Name
Agenda
6 04/08/2022
04:00 PM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Shri Sujeet Kumar(Biju Janata Dal | RS)
4. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
5. Shri Ram Nath Thakur(Janata Dal (United) | RS)
6. Shri Neeraj Dangi(Indian National Congress | RS)
7. Dr. John Brittas(Communist Party of India (Marxist) | RS)
Committee Room A, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi To consider the draft Report on the study visits of the Committee to Imphal, Guwahati and Shillong from 30th April to 4th May, 2022 and to Chennai, Hyderabad and Goa from 1st to 5th July, 2022
5 08/06/2022
03:00 PM
12:00 AM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
4. Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad(Samajwadi Party | RS)
5. Shri Ram Nath Thakur(Janata Dal (United) | RS)
6. Shri John Brittas(Communist Party of India (Marxist) | RS)
Committee Room A, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi (a) Memo No.1- Consideration of adequacy of Financial Entitlement of Members for purchase of computer equipment; and (b) Memo No.2- Feasibility of One-Nation-One-Application by assessing the implementation of NeVA in State Assemblies.
4 28/03/2022
03:00 PM
12:00 AM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Shri Sujeet Kumar(Biju Janata Dal | RS)
4. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
5. Shri Ram Nath Thakur(Janata Dal (United) | RS)
6. Shri Neeraj Dangi(Indian National Congress | RS)
7. Shri John Brittas(Communist Party of India (Marxist) | RS)
Committee Room - 4, Block A, PHA Ext. Building, New Delhi To hear the views of a subject expert on the benefits of technologies like Artificial Intelligence, block chain, machine learning etc. for the Members of Rajya Sabha to aid in their Parliamentary work and public life.
3 15/12/2021
03:00 PM
12:00 AM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Shri Sujeet Kumar(Biju Janata Dal | RS)
4. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
5. Shri Venkataramana Rao Mopidevi(Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party | RS)
6. Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad(Samajwadi Party | RS)
7. Shri Neeraj Dangi(Indian National Congress | RS)
8. Shri John Brittas(Communist Party of India (Marxist) | RS)
Committee Room A, Ground Floor, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi To hear MeitY on the following issues: (i) e-Governance facilities proposed to be provided to the Members of Parliament in the new Parliament Building and future plans in this regard; (ii) Machine assisted Voice to Voice and Voice to Text translation; (iii) One Nation-One Application for Legislatures; (iv) Exploring possibility of electronic dissemination of information relating to the Ministries/Departments like Annual Reports etc. to the Members of Parliament; and (v) Sandes Application.
2 29/09/2021
11:30 AM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Shri Sujeet Kumar(Biju Janata Dal | RS)
4. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
5. Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad(Samajwadi Party | RS)
6. Shri Ram Nath Thakur(Janata Dal (United) | RS)
7. Shri Neeraj Dangi(Indian National Congress | RS)
8. Shri John Brittas(Communist Party of India (Marxist) | RS)
Committee Room - 4, Block A, PHA Ext. Building, New Delhi (i) Status of action taken as per the decisions/recommendations of the Committee in its 79th Meeting; (ii) Status of exemption of the registration of templates by TRAI for sending bulk SMS of variable contents for smooth SMS communication by Members of Rajya Sabha; (iii) Status of implementation of ‘2 Factor Authentication’ i.e. ‘Kavach’ app for email account on ‘sansad’ domain; and (iv) Review of the feedback/suggestions on the new redesigned website of Rajya Sabha by Hon’ble Members.
1 29/07/2021
03:30 PM
1. Shri Tiruchi Siva(Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam | RS)
2. Shri Rakesh Sinha(Bharatiya Janata Party | RS)
3. Ms. Arpita Ghosh(All India Trinamool Congress | RS)
4. Shri Sujeet Kumar(Biju Janata Dal | RS)
5. Shri K.R. Suresh Reddy(Telangana Rashtra Samithi | RS)
6. Shri Venkataramana Rao Mopidevi(Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party | RS)
7. Shri Vishambhar Prasad Nishad(Samajwadi Party | RS)
8. Shri Ram Nath Thakur(Janata Dal (United) | RS)
Committee Room - 4, Block A, PHA Ext. Building, New Delhi (i) Exemption of the registration of templates by TRAI for sending bulk SMS of variable contents for smooth SMS communication by Members of Rajya Sabha; (ii) Status of action taken as per the decisions/recommendations of the Committee in its 78th Meeting; (iii) Implementation of ‘2 Factor Authentication’ i.e. ‘Kavach’ app for email account on ‘sansad’ domain; (iv) A demonstration of redesigned website of Rajya Sabha by NIC for the Members of the Committee and special invitee Members, after the discussion of the above mentioned items.


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