The Lok Sabha has gone paperless as part of green initiative aimed at saving reams of paper and making proceedings more efficient.

Several hacks who were used to written replies to Lok Sabha questions distributed to them for reporting purposes were disappointed early this week, when the monsoon session commenced on July 18.

This is because the Modi-led Government sees cost savings from this initiative and would want reporters to look into official website of Lok Sabha for the digital version of the replies.

Next on the cards is to stop publishing multiple copies of the reports tabled in the lower house, it is reliably learnt. The transition to digital version of the committee reports will happen in a gradual manner over a period of time, sources said

Critics point out that going green and making published resources available only in digital form could also mean reduced access and delays for newspersons involved in dissemination of information around Parliament proceedings.

Rajya Sabha had already gone paperless last year. In May this year, the Centre had announced that Central government ministries and departments will now be rewarded for successful implementation of e-Office or ‘paperless office’ initiative.

This move was aimed at improving the ease of governance and expediting the administrative process, the Centre had then said.