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The Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore is all set to construct a virtual Parliament or “e-Parliament”. This Website, likely to be named e-parl.net, will facilitate interaction of citizens and Parliamentarians across the world to find a solution to the global problems.

The people behind this novel idea – Nicholas Dunlop, executive director, EarthAction, a UK-based voluntary organisation; Bert Koenders a British Parliamentarian and Congress Member of Parliament Mani Shankar Aiyar, had a meeting with Chief Minister S M Krishna on July 16, 2001. IT secretary Vivek Kulkarni is expected to co-ordinate the efforts in putting this project together.

The e-Parliament, will primarily function in three stages:

  1. Initially, the e-Parliamentarians, across the globe, will poll and adopt a resolution setting a definite goal.
  2. With this mandate, a team of professionals will develop a set of proposals to achieve the target. A dialogue will be convened with key citizens, voluntary organisations, legislators and international officials. Consultation would take place both online and offline.
  3. Those proposals involving national legislation will be introduced in the e-Parliament for a non-binding vote; if passed, they will be referred to the individual national Parliaments for voting.

A conglomerate of industry players and Parliamentarians will be established to explore the funding possibilities for this project. The initiators hope that the e-Parliament itself might become a means for disbursing funds through UN agencies.

According to Nicholas Dunlop, Bangalore will be the hub of the e-Parliament activity because of the city’s abundant software and technical talent.

The e-Parliament is initially expected to include 25,000 democratically elected Parliamentarians from about 130 countries.

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