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Camp: Geneva, 16 October 2018: An Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by the Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan is presently attending the 139th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. Addressing the General Assembly on the theme “Parliamentary leadership in promoting peace and development in the age of innovation and technological change” Smt. Mahajan said that the entire humanity is in the middle of an innovation led technological and digital revolution which is shaping every aspect of life on earth. Smt. Mahajan said that technology and innovation offer us easy access to information, improved life style, connectivity, communication, social networking and entertainment but at the same time, it may also lead to job loss, increased loneliness, addiction and psychological disorders. Further, digital divide could pose a threat to global peace. She pointed out that global partnership to financing technology, women friendly tools, pro-poor research, impact of artificial intelligence and loss of jobs are some of the important challenges which the international community must discuss and address. Lok Sabha Speaker underlined that sustainable development and peaceful welfare of the poor should always be at the center of development. Innovations using indigenous methods are economical and sustainable. She highlighted that socially beneficial programmes like Mid Day Meal Programme, which has brought transformational changes in the lives of our children. India also has to its credit the greatest spiritual innovations like Yoga and meditation, she added. Smt. Mahajan referred to the Speaker’s Research Initiative which has been set up in the Indian Parliament for information dissemination and to make available a platform to the Members for an interaction with the domain experts for better understanding of the complex, technical subjects and improved quality of debates. She further said that Indian Parliament is using technology in its effort to become E-Parliament and reduce carbon foot prints. Digital India, Skill India, Start Up India are some of the ambitious programs to channelize the energy of our youth, she said. Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh, participated in the debate on the Role of fair and free trade and investment in achieving the SDGs, especially regarding economic equity, sustainable infrastructure, industrialization and innovation. Shri Nagendra Singh, Shri Anil Desai, Shri Harish Chandra Meena, Dr. Hari Babu Kambhampati, Smt. Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh, and Dr.Heena Gavit, Members of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation, also participated in various events of the IPU.



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