‘Paperless government’ on the way to the Knesset

Ministers approve bill for government to use more e-mail and less paper.

Letters (photo credit: REUTERS)
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The day on which the Start-Up Nation’s government stops using snail mail is nearer than ever, with the Ministerial Committee for Legislation approving a “paperless government” proposal from the opposition on Sunday.
The initiative from MK Mickey Levy (Yesh Atid) would forbid the government to send or accept documents via the mail to or from suppliers in Israel in relation to selling property or providing services. Rather, it must send a computer document.
Levy said that while serving as deputy finance minister in the last government, he saw massive piles of papers and file folders on desks in Tax Authority offices throughout the country, and the ministry invested NIS 40 million in computerizing the Tax Authority in order to move toward a paperless system.
The MK said the bill will prevent unnecessary harm to the environment and cut unnecessary bureaucracy.
“The time has come for all government offices to move to the 21st century and do what has been done in the Western world for many years,” Levy said. “The requirement to communicate via email makes bureaucrats’ work more efficient and prevents unnecessary delays in dealings with suppliers.”
He expressed optimism that the legislation will encourage government offices to take further actions toward using less paper.
“We are taking an additional, significant step toward making the vision of a paperless government come true,” Levy said.