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New Delhi, 11 March 2018: The National Legislators Conference, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 10 March 2018, concluded today. Delivering the Valedictory Address, Vice-President and Chairperson, Rajya Sabha Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu said that Legislature is the central pillar of democratic governance. It is the voice of the people and articulates their hopes, aspirations and dreams through laws that govern their lives. As such, the legislatures are mandated with the task of catalyzing nation building by propelling socio-economic transformation. He drew attention of the legislators to the growing perception of the people, about the Legislatures which is very important for the credibility and functioning of the important law making bodies. He cautioned that legislatures are meeting for very few days; time for deliberation and the number of legislations is steadily dwindling; quality of debate is declining; disruption of proceedings has come to replace the norms of deliberations and Members’ attendance is thin as they are not present inside the Houses. He elaborated that ideal behaviour of the legislators is more important than ideology. Conduct of the legislators in the Legislature, constituency and governing bodies is equally important. Moreover, a self introspection by the legislators on the work done by them on everyday basis is essential for self development. A good reading habit on the topics to be discussed in the Legislatures is useful to keep abreast and contribute to the deliberations on the developmental goals for the country. Moreover, accessibility to the people and touring in the constituency will help the legislators to understand and address their issues properly. He further suggested that legislators should be regular and punctual in the Legislatures. Shri Naidu reiterated the resolution adopted on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Independence, 26th August to 1st September, 1997, in which the parliamentarians had set certain standards and norms for preserving and enhancing the prestige of Parliament “more especially by maintaining the inviolability of the Question Hour, refraining from transgressing into the official areas of the House, or from any shouting of slogans, and, invariably desisting from any efforts at interruption with the address of the President of the Republic.” Shri Naidu said that legislators have a greater role in changing the mindset of people, thus development should be the focus as people are demanding it and observing it. People should, therefore, be in the centre of developmental policies and we need to make them partners in development. Presenting the closing remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan said that development should be sustainable and we should have a continuous dialogue with all stakeholders, including at the grassroots level. She felt that development and electoral politics should be mixed with party politics. She suggested that legislators should not restrict development to aspirational districts only, but to all districts. She further said that we all have to be alert and create awareness among people about the government schemes and policies so that benefits of development trickle down to every the nook and corner of the country. She thanked the delegates for their keen interest, minute observations, suggestions and meaningful interaction with the Union Ministers and senior parliamentarians. Union Minister of Finance Shri Arun Jaitley, addressing the delegates at the Valedictory Session, observed that a legislator’s credibility emanates from his conduct and the parameter for judging his credibility is ‘peer recognition’, both inside and outside the House. As such, it is imperative that they imbibe the norms of parliamentary decency and decorum for successful working of democracy. In modern times, we have a huge treasure of knowledge and what we need is to cull out, collate, analyze and then present our arguments on the floor of the House. He urged legislators to have sufficient knowledge of the financial health of the nation. Referring to GST as an example of Centre-State coordination, he emphasized the need of exploring the feasibility of effective harmony between the Centre and State in other areas such as agriculture, social justice, etc. Addressing the Concluding Session, Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari said that there is no dearth of technology or knowledge but what the legislators require is strong political will and a vision to achieve what kind of development they aspire for in times to come. They should have a strategy with a commitment for the development of their constituency based on four key areas: innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and research. He called upon the delegates to learn new ways of finding solutions to the problems and to develop a model plan. Earlier, the reports of the Working Sessions were prepared by the Rappatours, the role legitimately performed by the young parliamentarians. These reports highlighted the issues, concerns and suggestions given by the delegates from the States in the North, South, East and West Zones. Subsequently, the draft Resolution was discussed and adopted. The Resolutioninter alia stated: ‘WE, THE LEGISLATORS, assembled at the National Legislators Conference on the theme We for Development, held in New Delhi on 10 and 11 March 2018 do hereby:Commit ourselves to the task of nation-building, and strive to bring in inclusive and sustainable development, and To inform and sensitize citizens about the developmental programmes, proactively monitor their implementation, delivery mechanisms and utilization of resources, To encourage people to actively participate in governance issues, development policies and programmes, and Affirm to work tirelessly to create a developed India where no region and section is left behind.”



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