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Shillong, 25 February, 2021: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla addressed Members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly today i.e. on 25 February, 2021 in Shillong. Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Shri Metbah Lyngdoh; Chief Minister Dr. Conrad K. Sangma; Leader of Opposition, Shri Mukul Sangma were also present during the event.
Addressing the Members, Shri Om Birla fondly remembered former Lok Sabha Speaker and former Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Shri Purno Agitok Sangma and his significant contributions towards strengthening parliamentary democracy and constitutional practices. Shri Birla said that Shri Sangma has always been an inspiration for us for the standards set by him.
Lok Sabha Speaker said that Indian democracy has a rich legacy and today wherever democratic norms are gaining ground, India is being seen as an exemplary model. Shri Birla further said that democratic institutions, from Parliament to State Legislatures and Local Bodies should work in harmony and share their best practices for greater efficacy. He emphasized that democracy can be successful only when it benefits the last person standing on the periphery. Dialogues, debates and discussions are the tools to achieve the above end.
Recalling the legislative business transacted in Lok Sabha during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Speaker said that Parliament sent a positive message to people and enhanced their confidence by transacting business amidst the pandemic. Responsibility of legislators during such challenging times becomes more onerous and the collective efforts helped us to successfully face the challenges posed by Covid-19 , Shri Birla said.
In this regard, the Lok Sabha Speaker appreciated Meghalaya Legislative Assembly for convening Assembly Session during the pandemic. The Speaker also commended the Assembly for their initiative of including Zero Hour in their Practice and Procedure.
Invoking Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s vision, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla said that our youth should be committed to constitutional obligations and duties. ‘Nation First’ should be the mantra for the youth of India, Shri Birla said.
On this occasion, Shri Birla advocated for greater use of information and communication tools to improve efficacy of legislative bodies so that they can cater to the aspirations of people in a faster and more transparent way. He appealed to create a ‘people centric, sustainable and development - oriented society’ by bridging the digital divide.
Deliberating on the capacity building and new initiatives in Parliament, Shri Om Birla said, initiatives like organising briefing sessions on important legislative agenda in the House, 24x7 research and information support to Members, digitisation of records, including House proceedings, are commendable tasks and Legislative Assemblies should emulate these novel ideas for capacity building of their Members. In this regard, Shri Om Birla also offered all possible assistance and support to legislative assemblies.
Lok Sabha Speaker said that Meghalaya is a land of opportunities and immense possibilities and can act as a model of development and prosperity for the entire nation. Natural resources of the State, skills and enthusiasm of people and the democratic spirit of Meghalaya provide an enabling environment for development and prosperity. He also lauded the initiative of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and Meghalaya Government for construction of a new building for the Assembly.
Shri Om Birla appealed State Governments, State Legislatures, Members and every other stakeholder to positively contribute towards making India Aatmanirbhara Bharat.
Earlier, on his arrival in the Legislative Assembly Complex, Shri Birla received the Guard of Honour.
Later on, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla visited the construction site of the new building of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly. Speaker of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Shri Metbah Lyngdoh and Chief Minister Dr. Conrad K. Sangma accompanied Shri Birla. After visiting the site, Shri Birla assured that all possible support and assistance will be provided to the Assembly by the Parliament in this regard.