Where is the Indian tax payer money going? It’s going to buy some fancy Apple and Samsung tablets for our politicians, more precisely, Rajya Sabha members. A whopping Rs. 50000 has been allocated to each member for purchasing a tablet. Now which tablet costs Rs. 50000? Don’t answer that. Apple might ship a special delivery with Swarovski studded iPad’s. But that would be another scam in the making.
Does our MP’s need these expensive tablets? Oh! I kid our politicians. Of course they do. Parliamentary proceedings are cleaner and clutter free with tablets. Have you seen our Finance minister posing with a box full of documents (books) when he presents the union budget? Now it can all be done with just a tablet, which weighs much less. A lightweight tablet to replace the heavy dead tree is what the doctor’s are recommending for our geriatric politicians.
I have digressed enough.
60 members have already purchased a tablet from either Samsung or Apple. National Informatics Centre (NIC) has developed a ‘widget’ for these tablets. This ‘widget’ lets the members access a list of parliamentary papers, bulletins, question lists, and member’s birthdays. The widget will soon include live Lok Sabha feed and will be open for all. The widget is available for everyone on Samsung app store.
NIC has developed an app for both iOS and Android. This is good. The only strange thing about the news is the usage of the word ‘widget’. I think we left widgets back in 2000 and in this millennium we are using the word app. Anyways, our MP’s are getting tablets.
I’m sure Angry Birds would be a standard presence on all these tablets. After all, the game has its origins in Indian parliament and our politicians love to hurl. Heist is another app I can think of.
What other apps do you recommend for our MP’s?
PS : India’s HRD ministry struggles to bring out a $35 tablet for the masses and politicians get a Rs. 50000 ($1100) fund for a tablet. Sounds unfair? This is what economists call ‘economies of scale’. No?