LOK SABHA SPEAKER TO VISIT CONSTRUCTION SITE OF NEW MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY IN SHILLONG
LOK SABHA SPEAKER TO INAUGURATE OUTREACH & FAMILIARISATION PROGRAMME FOR LOCAL BODIES OF MEGHALAYA AND OTHER NORTH-EASTERN STATES ON 26 FEBRUARY, 2021 IN SHILLONG
CHIEF MINISTER, MEGHALAYA; MoS, MINISTRY OF FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES; SPEAKER, MEGHALAYA LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY AND OTHER DIGNITARIES TO GRACE OUTREACH PROGRAMME
OUTREACH PROGRAMME SEEKS TO ENHANCE PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY THROUGH A GREATER AWARENESS OF PROCEDURES AND PROCESSES OF DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTIONS AT VARIOUS LEVELS
THEME OF OUTREACH PROGRAMME IS 'PANCHAYATI RAJ SYSTEM/AUTONOMOUS DISTRICT COUNCILS: STRENGTHENING THE DECENTRALISED DEMOCRACY'
Shillong, 24 February, 2021: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla will address the Members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in Shillong on 25 February 2021. On his arrival in the Assembly premises, Shri Birla will inspect the Guard of Honour. Later, he will visit the construction site of the new building of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
On 26 February 2021, Shri Birla will inaugurate the Outreach and Familiarisation Programme for the Local Bodies of the State of Meghalaya and the other North Eastern States in Shillong.
Besides Shri Birla, the Outreach programme is being attended by Dr. Conrad K. Sangma, Chief Minister, Meghalaya; Shri Rameshwar Teli, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Shri Metbah Lyngdoh, Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and Shri Lakhmen Rymbui, Minister for District Council Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya.
Several Members of Parliament and other dignitaries will also grace the function.
Shri Birla has taken a unique initiative, an outreach programme, for the country's Panchayati Raj Institutions. A first of its kind programme, the Outreach & Familiarisation Programme for the Panchayati Raj Institutions of the country is being organised by the Parliamentary Research & Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE), Lok Sabha Secretariat with a focus on enhancing participatory democracy through greater awareness of the procedures and processes followed by democratic institutions functioning at various levels from the grassroots to the apex level.
The first such Outreach Programme, organized in Dehradun on 08th January 2021 was physically attended by 445 Panchayat representatives including 13 Zila Panchayat Chairmen & 12 Deputy Chairmen, 125 Zila Panchayat Members along with 85 Block Panchayat Pramukh and 210 Gram Pradhans of Uttarakhand. In addition, approximately 40,000 Panchayat Representatives & officials were also connected to the programme ‘online via weblink’.
The next phase of this Outreach Programme is scheduled to be organised for the grass-root level institutions of Meghalaya and other North-East States on 26th February 2021 in Shillong, Meghalaya. The theme of the programme is 'Panchayati Raj System/Autonomous District Councils: Strengthening the Decentralised Democracy'. Around 90 Members of the Autonomous District Councils of Meghalaya will be physically attending the above-mentioned programme. In addition, 80 Representatives Head from the local self-government bodies of other North-East states wherein 25 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Arunachal Pradesh, 26 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Assam, 6 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Manipur , 6 MDCs from Mizoram, nominated 5 heads of Village Councils from Nagaland, 4 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Sikkim and 8 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Tripura will also be physically present for the programme. Apart from this, remaining panchayat representatives from all of the North Eastern states will be connected to the programme ‘online via weblink’.
The broad objectives of the above-mentioned programme are:-
i. Creating mass awareness/ mass participation;
ii. Creating self-confidence/self-respect for the ground level leaders,
iii. Creating a sense of ownership of the assets that have been created,
iv. Fuelling the ambitions for grass root political leaders for democratic values,
v. Creating the awareness about the various schemes and the doorstep delivery – opportunities for development work,
vi. Opportunity to develop a network and push the aspirational level of the ground level leadership.
Shri Prestone Tynsong, Deputy Chief Minister Government of Meghalaya; and Shri Timothy Shira Deputy Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will attend the Valedictory Session.
The Delegates and Participants have already started arriving in Shillong today.