The official Mobile App of the Parliament of Sri Lanka was launched at the Parliamentary Complex by the Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on January 07, 2016. The event was held at the Committee Room no. 1 of Parliament. The occasion was attended by Secretary General of Parliament, Deputy Secretary General of Parliament, Assistant Secretaries General of Parliament, higher officials & staff of the Parliament and media personnel.
Addressing the occasion, the Hon. Speaker said that although there are 189 parliaments in the world, only a few have created a mobile app, making this a moment of pride for the Parliament of Sri Lanka. He also briefly outlined activities planned for the future and mentioned that this event is a step towards creating an exemplary parliament.
The Parliament of Sri Lanka envisages using Information and Communication Technology tools to enhance capabilities in its key functional areas & empower the average citizen with knowledge and information on important issues of the country and of parliamentary decisions that impact their daily life, and thereby enable them to become active partners in the country’s development process.
At present, mobile apps have become a popular and effective mode of communication amongst the general public. In this backdrop, several parliaments around the world have deployed their own mobile apps in order to extend the access of parliamentary and legislative information to the general public through mobile devices.
This mobile app provides parliamentary information including Member information, Acts & Bills, Questions and Answers, Calendar, News, Statistics etc. Documents such as Hansard, Order Papers, Order Books, Addendums and Committee Reports also can be viewed or downloaded through the app. Parliament proceedings too can be watched live or viewed as on-demand. Further, the users could contact Members of Parliament or the Secretariat via the app. All content are offered in Sinhala, Tamil and English languages giving the user the ability to use the app in his/her preferred language. More features and improvements will be added in the future.
Parliament’s Mobile App introduces an interactive channel and is expected to reduce the gap between Parliament and the citizens while improving access to information and increasing transparency.
The development of the Mobile App for Parliament was done by Bhasha Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. It is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone platforms.
SOURCE: Parliament of Sri Lanka, January 7th 2016: http://www.parliament.lk/en/news-en/view/1130/?category=6