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Shillong, Feb 25: Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla on Thursday addresses the members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

In his address, Birla said Meghalaya can act as a model of development and prosperity for the entire nation. “The state government and the autonomous councils have to make collective efforts to find the amicable solution to the problems being faced by the people of the state,” he added.

He said that democracy has the immense potentiality to address all the grievances, face all the challenges and find a solution for the same.

“As representatives of people, we should be fully committed to extend all possible assistance to mark a new beginning for growth and development in Meghalaya and all across the country,” Birla said.

Stating that he is happy that the construction of the new Assembly building is going on smoothly, he said, “Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will soon have its permanent building after a wait of 15 years. The design of the building is very attractive. I am sure that your new Legislative Assembly building will truly reflect the diversity and rich cultural heritage of your beautiful state.”

The Lok Sabha Speaker further suggested the state Assembly to set up a modern research wing to provide round-the-clock support to the members.

“We have started a new service in Parliament namely PRISM in the current Budget Session, through which Parliamentary Research and Information Support is being provided to MPs round the clock…We will be happy to provide all possible support for setting up each research wing,” he assured.

Asserting that progressive use of ICT tools such as e-Parliament and e-Office in the functioning of the Parliament has significantly helped members of parliament fulfil their obligations in an effective manner, Birla said he is sure that the use of virtual platforms, e-notice, Members Portal and other such facilities will help in bridging the digital divide and create a ‘people-centric, sustainable and development-oriented society.

Pointing out that the legislative institutions have various parliamentary devices to ensure the accountability of the executive, he said Parliamentary devices such as Question Hour, ‘Zero Hour’ etc are the best ways to address the issues being faced by the people.

Lauding the state Assembly for its initiative to include ‘Zero Hour’, Birla said, “Your initiative of including ‘Zero Hour’ in the Practice and Procedure of your legislative assembly is commendable. You deserve accolades for this.”

He also asked, “Please share the conventions followed by your legislative assembly and also the new initiatives taken so that democratic institutions of the country may adopt best practices from each other.”

Stating that the North Eastern states are on the path of continuous development in the culture, the tradition, and the heritage, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said in days to come Meghalaya will acclaim its prominence Nationally.

“I can tell you in the coming days, Meghalaya not only in the Northeast, but the state will also gain prominence Nationally as well,” Birla said during his visit to the construction site of the New Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Building at Mawdiangdiang.

He further said, “In the field of tourism this place will develop and we will be successful in developing a tourism hub here as more number of tourists will be visiting here. ”

Accompanied by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma and Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh, Birla today visited the construction site of the New Meghalaya Legislative Assembly Building at Mawdiangdiang which is expected to be completed this year.

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