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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

10 recommended apps for our tablet-enabled MPs!

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Soumyadip Choudhury, / Updated Aug 30, 2011 at 07:04pm IST.

Based on the Parliament Standing Committee on IT's recommendation the Parliament Secretariat decided to sanction a maximum of Rs 50,000 for the Members of Parliament to buy an Apple iPad 2 or a Samsung Galaxy Tab. The idea behind the move is to make the Parliamentary work speedier and paper free. For MPs who aren't very comfortable with the new-age gadgets, special orientation classes are also being organised.

Now when our tablet-wielding MPs walk into the Parliament House, they should have the stuff in their 10-inch gadgets that help them be better at their job. Here are our pick of 10 apps that our MPs should install on to the tablet devices to make the best of it.

1. Google Earth: The general perception is that politicians only visit their constituency only when an election is round the corner. At least, with a Google Earth app they can get a bird's eye view of the region from which they have been elected. Also to be a better leader, they not only need to know the people but also the land. What better than Google Earth to achieve this. (

2. TweetDeck: In an era of social networking, our MPs can no longer afford to remain outside the network. Even though a majority of the population still do not have access to the Internet, there is a sizeable chunk who do and that includes many who go on to shape public opinion. TweetDeck is an application that brings the power of a number of influential social media services inside one single app and makes the online social experience an easier and seamless experience. Since our MPs (going by the speeches they make) are not known for their brevity the feature is something that the men and women in khadi will appreciate. (

3. Evernote: With a third of the Lok Sabha and over half of the Rajya Sabha being in the 60+ age bracket, memory might not be their best asset. But now with their sleek and powerful tablet devices they can "Remember everything" with Evernote and easily access whatever they asked the app to remember. (

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