Each of the 790 lawmakers, many of whom are elderly, has been granted Rs 50,000 to invest in one of the devices in an attempt to tackle India's infamously laborious red tape.
"We held an orientation class to familiarise the members with tablet apps (applications) designed especially for parliament," said Sharda Subramaniam, joint secretary for information technology in the Rajya Sabha.
The scheme was "to reduce the huge mountains of paper piling up each day while parliament is in session," she said, adding that the computers could be used to access past debates and question lists.
Subramaniam said about 100 of the 245 MPs in the upper house had already been reimbursed for their Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs.
So far, India's bureaucracy has been renowned for its addiction to paperwork, with even basic transactions needing triplicate forms, stamp certificates and endless information recorded in hand-written ledgers.
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