New Delhi 14 February 2020: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla chaired the Valedictory function of the 35th International Training Program in Legislative Drafting organized by the Parliamentary Research and Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE) at the Parliament Library Building today. The month long program was attended by forty participants from twenty six countries.
Giving a brief overview of the legislative process in the Indian Parliament Shri Birla said that 'There is a great tradition of dialogue and discussion in India.' He added that legislations are thoroughly debated by all parties, representing people from all over the country before being passed by the Parliament. Shri Birla also informed that PRIDE would organize similar training programs on Legislative Drafting at the national level as well.
Speaking about the Training Program on Legislative Drafting, Shri Birla said, good governance is closely linked to effective legislation and that such programs go a long way in strengthening democracy. He added that the goal of law making should be the socio-political and economic uplift of people and in this regard, effective legislative drafting is most important.
Shri Birla said that India is a diverse country and that India's strength is its democracy and diversity. Shri Birla observed that India is the largest democracy in the world and that in the last general election more than six hundred million people voted. Shri Birla noted that the identity of Indian democracy is free and fair elections conducted in complete transparency.
Shri Birla observed that in a rapidly globalizing world, it is imperative that all the nations of the world come together for peace, security and development in an environment of mutual trust and cooperation. He added that India is continually making efforts in this direction.
Speaking on the theme of mutual trust and cooperation, Shri Birla said that our motto is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam- the world is one family. He continued saying that India has been at the forefront of cultural and spiritual exchange with the world and that India is the land of knowledge and spirituality.