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New Delhi, 9 March 2018: The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will digitally inaugurate the National Legislators Conference on the theme “We For Development” in the Central Hall of Parliament House on Saturday, the 10th March 2018 at 09:30 a.m. The Inaugural Ceremony will be attended by the Union Cabinet Ministers, Chief Ministers, Ministers of State of the Union, Presiding Officers of State Legislatures, Members of Parliament and Members of State Legislatures. The two day National Conference is being organized on the initiative of the Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan on 10 and 11 March 2018. The Conference, being hosted under the auspices of the Indian Parliamentary Group, aims to provide a platform to MPs, MLCs and MLAs 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 SDGs. The Conference offers special opportunity to those Delegates whose constituencies have greater possibilities and aspirations of development. The Conference will comprise of a Plenary Session on the theme “We For Development” and two Working Sessions on: (i) “Role of Legislators in Development Process”; and (ii) “Optimum Utilisation of Resources in Development”. The Plenary Session will be held in the Central Hall of Parliament House on 10 March 2018. Shri Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog will make a presentation on aspirational districts and Shri Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry will address the Plenary Session. Dr M. Thambi Durai, Deputy Speaker Lok Sabha will chair the Plenary Session. During the Conference, there will be parallel sessions on each of the two agenda items viz. (i) Role of Legislators in Development Process and (ii) Optimum Utilisation of Resources in Development. Each Working Session will have a Chairperson and a Moderator. Shri J.P. Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare; Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Mines; Shri Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development; Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship; Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Defence; Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition (Rajya Sabha); Shri Bhartruhari Mahtab, MP and Shri Kalyan Banerjee, MP will chair the Working Sessions. There will be in all eight Working Sessions, which will be conducted in the Committee Rooms of the Parliament House Annexe Extension Building. On 11 March 2018, the Conference will have a Concluding Session in the Central Hall at 10.00 am in which the draft Resolution will be taken up for discussion and acceptance by the Delegates. This session will be chaired by Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation. Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Vice-President of India & Chairman Rajya Sabha will address the Valedictory Session of the Conference to be held on 11 March 2018 in the Central Hall at 11.30 am. The Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan and Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Arun Jaitley will grace the occasion. The Conference will conclude with the adoption of a Resolution on 11 March 2018. An Exhibition on “We For Development” will be displayed by the Parliamentary Museum and Archives, Lok Sabha Secretariat in collaboration with Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) for the distinguished Delegates on the Ground Floor of Parliament House Annexe Building. As regards the theme of the Conference “We For Development”, India, with more than 1.25 billion population, faces the challenge of financing and meeting the developmental needs of its growing population with limited resources. And over the years, the aspirations of the people to improve their standard and quality of living is ever growing. Therefore, it is increasingly becoming a challenge to ensure inclusive growth and holistic development. With the adoption of SDGs by the world community in September 2015 to transform the lives and livelihoods of the people across the globe within a set time frame, it is imperative for the peoples’ representatives, policy makers and leaders to make the developmental drive a great success so that the fruits of growth and development percolate to each and every section of society. As such, the role of legislators in facilitating the implementation of SDGs is crucial and manifold. Not only they have to ensure that various programmes and policies are SDG oriented, they also have to monitor the successful implementation of SDGs in their respective constituencies. As the legislators are uniquely placed to identify gaps and weaknesses in SDGs implementation, a proactive approach by them will go a long way in making a big impact in the lives of the people. Earlier, the first National Conference on ‘Women Legislators: Building Resurgent India’, organized on 5 and 6 March 2016 in New Delhi, had a very meaningful discussion on measures through which empowered women public representatives could play a proactive role in the development of the country.



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