NEWS: Haryana lawmakers attend computer classes

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    • Haryana lawmakers attend computer classes
      by Akhil Gautam, India Abroad News Service
      Chandigarh, Dec 5 - Lawmakers of Haryana enrolled themselves for computer
      classes Tuesday at the swank e-governance center at the Haryana civil
      secretariat here.
      Chief Minister Om Parkash Chautala and Assembly Speaker Satbir Singh Kadian
      have asked all lawmakers to ensure that that they become fully computer
      literate. The state government has committed itself to making all its
      employees computer literate by 2003.
      The lawmakers would be divided into batches of 20 and put through a 12-day
      training course. Classes would be held for 90 minutes every day and would
      cover basics and advanced computing as also areas like e-mail, the Internet
      and e-governance.
      Inaugurating the training program, Chautala announced that each lawmaker
      be provided with a computer after completing their training. The fact that
      80 of the 90 members of the state Assembly had enrolled for the training
      course proved that Haryana's legislators were "modernistic in outlook and
      would take a lead in making the administration more transparent and
      efficient," he said.
      Chautala reiterated the commitment of his government to take the IT
      revolution to the rural areas by laying an optical fibre backbone within
      three years.
      He said that the introduction of computer education in all Government run
      schools from class VI would enable the state prepare the next generation for
      the  technological advancements taking place in the world.