For those with an interest in policy issues, following what happens in the parliament and the legislative assemblies can be crucial. All state governments and the Government of India have reasonably information websites these days. But it is a little painful if we have to look for a new education initiative in over 50 websites one by one. On the other hand a generic search in Google or other search engines will give a lot of irrelevant results. To make life easy, I’ve created a custom search engine that will scan the websites of Indian Parliament and most legislative assemblies.
The website of Indian Parliament is quite detailed. It provides parliamentary questions, list of members, texts of bills, etc. But most states do not have such a detailed site providing extensive details about proceedings. To compensate for this, I’ve added some state government websites that will provide basic information about legislative business.
Needless to say, the quality of search is as good as the quality content in these websites. Some states include a lot of materials, but some do not. In any case, I think this is a very useful way of searching to see what our legislators are upto. Please note that a lot of materials are in Hindi and other regional languages – the usefulness of this search engine is limited by this factor.
Who can use this search engine
The search engine is useful to get a hang of policy initiatives and debates across India within legislative bodies and in the government. Whether you are looking to see if any state has one-child policy, know questions raised by members of legislative assembly on fiscal reform, immigration policies or even anti-smoking policies – they can all be queried from this search engine. I’d like to remind you again that bills will be searched only if they are available online.
Since some of the assembly sites do not have much information, I have included other associated government sites. Unfortunately, most state governments have different websites for different departments, making it difficult to get an exhaustive list of sites. So, the information in this will not be exhaustive. But this will give filtered information that is reasonably wide. Please combine this with regular google search available in the same page.
Apart from both houses of the Parliament the custom search engine covers the websites of the following states: Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Orissa, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Delhi and Pondichery.
To access the search engine, click here.