India’s Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, addressed the valedictory function of the 3rd edition of National Youth Parliament Festival 2022 on March 11 in the Central Hall of Parliament in New Delhi.
Addressing the participants, Birla said that National Youth Parliament is an innovative programme to equip youth with the understanding of parliamentary procedures and democratic processes. It also encourages the youth to participate in the process of building New India, he said.
Mentioning about the rapid changes around the world, Birla urged the youth to adapt to these changes so that they could prepare themselves accordingly and also take the nation forward.
He emphasized that as the country is moving forward, the youth with their talent and energy should contribute to development, democracy, and strengthening of democratic institutions.
The sentiment of ‘Nation First’ should guide them in their every effort, stressed Birla. The Speaker also emphasized that the youth should realize their duties towards the nation and work individually as well as collectively in the direction of the larger goal of making India self-reliant.
Expressing concern about the decline in dignity and decorum in legislatures, Birla said that legislatures are forums for debates and discussions and not disruption.
The Speaker suggested that there should be wider discussions on bills so that hopes and aspirations of all sections of society could be incorporated in the laws and the legislations effectively.