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New Delhi, 10 March 2018: Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi digitally inaugurated the National Legislators Conference on “We For Development” in the Central Hall of Parliament House today. Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan; Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Shri Ananth Kumar; Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Dr. M. Thambi Durai; Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, Union Ministers of State, Presiding Officers of State Legislatures, Members of Parliament, Members of State Legislatures and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi observed that the Constitution of India was drafted by our great leaders in the historic Central Hall of Parliament House, where the Inaugural Ceremony of this prestigious Conference was being held. Shri Modi further said that India’s Constitution is well- known all over the world for enshrining in it the noble principles of social justice. He said that social responsibility, which is part of social justice, inspires us to bring equitable development in all the States. Observing that there are several districts which are lagging behind in development, Shri Modi said that their problem lies not in the paucity of the available resources or budget outlays but in the governance, coordination and effective implementation of policies and programmes. He further said that in every state there are a few districts where development parameters are strong. He called upon delegates to learn from them and work on weaker districts. He felt that public participation always helps and wherever officials have worked with people and involved them with the development process, the results have been transformative. The Prime Minister said that on the basis of 48 parameters of development, 115 aspirational districts have been identified by the NITI Aayog across the country that require a special approach to facilitate their holistic development. Since there is an element of negativity involved in the usage of the term ‘backward districts’, he said that such districts have been identified as ‘aspirational districts’. He urged all legislators to work together to make them ‘forward districts’. He also called upon all stakeholders to work for the poorest of the poor to strengthen their hands with a positive and constructive mindset. Shri Modi emphasized that working on aspirational districts would improve India’s standing in HDI, fulfilling our aim of social justice. The Prime Minster stressed that competitive and co-operative federalism is very good for the country, wherein the States and districts compete among each other to excel in development. He felt that India has manpower, skills and resources and the need of the hour is to work in a mission mode to bring about positive change. Shri Modi said that the Conference is a commendable initiative of Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and hoped that the deliberations emanating from this Conference would go a long way in realizing the dream of a new and developed India. Earlier, welcoming the delegates to the Conference, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that the inspiration for organizing this unique Conference was drawn from the developmental vision of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. She said that though the world community had set the year 2030 for attaining the targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet the legislators should endeavour to realize the Prime Minister’s vision of achieving these targets in the 75th year of India’s independence in 2022 only to make India a strong and developed nation. Smt. Mahajan recalled that Parliament had already discussed the issue of SDGs on four different occasions. As such, it was high time that the State Legislatures also took a lead is proactively deliberating on this important matter for all round development. She observed that several policies and programmes have been adopted by the Governments at the Centre and State and MPs and MLAs together have to work to oversee their implementation, monitoring and execution. Smt. Mahajan hoped that the Conference would provide an opportunity to the legislators to have a direct dialogue with Ministers and Members of Parliament to identify the gaps in implementation strategies. The Conference being hosted under the auspices of the Indian Parliamentary Group on 10 and 11 March 2018 aims to provide a platform to Members of Parliament and Members of State Legislatures from across the country to share their experiences, to learn from each other’s success stories and to develop a perspective on developmental issues in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals.



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