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Access rules changed for Parliament's website after Mahua Moitra controversy: Know about them

This overhaul is a response to the recent controversy and aims to tighten security measures to prevent unauthorised access. MPs will now be required to personally handle various routine tasks that were previously managed by their support staff and secretaries.

Reported By : Devendra Parashar Edited By : Nitin Kumar
New Delhi
Updated on: November 23, 2023 19:59 IST
Mahua Moitra
Image Source : INDIA TV TMC MP Mahua Moitra at the Parliament House complex in New Delhi.

Following the recent controversy involving Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra and the 'Cash for Questions' scandal, the central government has implemented a significant change in the system that affects all Members of Parliament. Now, no MP will be allowed to share their login ID and password with anyone. This development stems from allegations made by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey, who claimed that Mahua Moitra had shared her parliamentary portal ID and password with a businessperson, and login activity was traced back to Dubai. In response, Mahua Moitra defended herself, stating that her associates had logged in from Dubai.

A major overhaul in Parliament's website access

The central government has now revamped the system, disabling access for MPs' secretaries and personal assistants through the digital parliamentary portal and apps. Access to these functionalities, such as submitting questions for parliamentary sessions, email access, and submitting travel allowance (TA) bills, will now be exclusive to the MPs themselves. The official notification from the Parliament Secretariat regarding these changes is yet to be released.

The ethics committee of the Lok Sabha had found Mahua Moitra guilty of sharing her official email password with an external individual. In light of this decision, the Parliament portal and app will no longer permit the sharing of passwords and one-time passwords (OTPs). It is anticipated that several MPs may face challenges due to their limited knowledge of the new procedures.

Under the previous system, MPs could share their login credentials with their secretaries or assistants by providing their employee's email ID and mobile number to the Lok Sabha Secretariat. Subsequently, these individuals could also access the parliamentary portal. However, this practice is no longer permissible.

Also read | What Mamata Banerjee said about Mahua Moitra's expulsion from Lok Sabha

 

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