Archana Sharma | 30 Dec, 2023
Newly appointed Rajasthan Speaker Vasudev Devnani says that he has
set plans in motion to make the Assembly paperless and tech savvy. The
idea is to ensure that the proceedings of the House reach the citizens
fast in the digital world.
Devnani has earlier been state
education minister who did set an example with his exemplary work. The
books during his tenure carried chapters on Maharana Pratap and changed
the accepted narrative that he was defeated by the army of the Mughal
Devnani says that he believes that the new
generation should have values and should follow the Nation First theory.
Excerpts from an interview the new Speaker gave to IANS:
IANS: Discipline has been an issue in running the House. Can this challenge be overcome?
I strongly believe in the theory of discipline and dialogue and these
have been my strengths. As a Speaker, dialogue and discipline will
continue to be my strength. If any such issue of indiscipline comes to
the fore or if anyone speaks indecently, action will be taken under the
IANS: What are your plans for the new Assembly?
We are exploring avenues for making the Rajasthan Assembly paperless.
Efforts have been made in this direction earlier too and we will explore
more possibilities to make it paperless further.
is something which impresses me. If we can get WhatsApp channel where
every citizen can watch the proceedings on his personal phone is yet
another idea which excites me. So I will try to explore all innovations
of digital India.
IANS: There have been many first time MLAs. They
might not be aware of House proceedings and other such essential
things. How you to plan to take them forward?
Devnani: I think
training workshops and sessions are a must for such first time MLAs.
They will be made aware of the process of the House and so on. I would
like that government MLAs come prepared to answer all issues.
Vidhan Sabha is a place where laws are made. So all members should
ensure that the new generation learns virtues and values. I would like
to ask all MLAs that their action should be focused on the Nation First
theory and their working system should be transparent too.
IANS: What are your other priorities in the months going forward?
Many issues remain unanswered even after months which I think is not a
heathy practice. Now the idea is to figure out how such issues are
answered on time. Further, there have been incidents of indecent
language being used in the House. However such acts will be dealt with
an iron hand. Decorum has to be maintained in the House. Indecent
language will to be tolerated. Again, dialogue will be my strength.
You are the third person from the Sindhi community to be given a
constitutional position in the state. How do you feel about it?
I believe in the PM’s ideology of 'Sabka Saath, Sabha Vikas'. It is a
proud moment for me personally that I have been given this position
putting trust into my work. This is also a proud moment for the
teachers' community because I have been a teacher.
belonging to the Sindhi community, after former deputy prime minister
Lal Krishna Advani and the late BJP leader and editor of 'Organiser',
K.R. Malkani, who became a governor, I am the third Sindhi to have been
given this constitutional position. As a result, I am getting
congratulatory messages from all over the world.
My parents had
come to Ajmer after Partition with two biscuit packets. We lived in a
small room. In fact, I studied under a lamp post during my Class 10
examinations and went on to study engineering.
I was appointed a
junior engineer, but I left the job because of the rampant corruption
and became a teacher. The idea was to be as far away from malpractices
as possible. I am happy that my struggle has now been honoured.