Panaji, November 8, 2019 … Parliament is the temple of democracy and agreements and disagreements form part of the functioning of a vibrant Parliament stated Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla during his address to present and former MLAs during his visit to the Goa Legislative Assembly, Recently.

Shri Birla said that such discussion having diverse opinions is the identity of democracy.

Shri Birla was expressing his views on ‘Role of Parliament in the doctrine of separation of powers; enhancing transparency and accountability.’

Speaking further, he said that legislators should strive to spend more time on deliberating on topics affecting the common man and have to win the trust of the voters that have elected them.

He congratulated the State for adopting new techniques in the administration of the House especially in its attempts at going paperless.

Shri Birla also remembered the former Chief Minister and former Defence Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar for his invaluable contribution to the progress of the state and the nation.

The address was followed by an interactive session.

Speaking of his experiences of his tenure as Speaker, Chief Minister, Dr Pramod Sawant said that it was a huge learning experience. The respect one gets as Speaker is immense Dr Pramod said.

Deputy Speaker, Shri Isidore  Fernandes in his vote of thanks said that the session would help legislators further achieve goals of good governance. Earlier, Speaker Shri Rajesh Patnekar welcomed the gathering.

Present on the occasion were Deputy Chief Ministers Shri Chandrakant Kavlekar and Shri Manohar Ajgaonkar, Leader of the Opposition, Shri Digambar Kamat, former MLAs, and Ministers, former Speakers, among others.


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