Friday, April 22, 2005

Indian Parliament summons it's members via sms

India, where until recently it took years to get a phone line and where lumbering government services creak along slowly and sloppily, if at all, is cashing in on the mobile phone boom to boost democratic efficiency. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and the government and opposition "whips" responsible for assembly attendance are now using Short Message Service (SMS) to summon lawmakers for crucial votes or to muster a quorum, officials say. It looks like the wireless technology suits well the Indian Democracy. Hopefully, the fighting on law projects will stick to the traditional way of communicating: oral speeches...perhaps this will maintain the political Rethoric alive. I wouldn't want to see things turning into sms debates.


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