The 81st All India Presiding Officers’ Conference comes within the backdrop of the International Day of Democracy, which is noticed on September 15 each year.
Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2021 06:17 AM IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will on Wednesday chair the 81st All India Presiding Officers’ Conference (AIPOC) through video-conferencing. According to an official assertion, the convention will deliberate on the ‘Role of Legislature in fostering effective and meaningful democracy’. Notably, the summit comes within the backdrop of the International Day of Democracy, which is noticed on September 15 each year.
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The AIPOC held its very first session on this very date a century in the past at Shimla in Himachal Pradesh; thus, the 81st session today assumes one other particular signficance in mild of this historic backdrop. The presiding officers of legislative our bodies in India will attend the convention.
The earlier session of the AIPOC, the eightieth convention, was held over two days on November 25-26 final year. As 2020 was the centennial year of the Presiding Officers’ Conference, the session was celebrated as a ‘festival of democracy’, in accordance to a authorities launch. Addressing a press convention following the concluding session, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had stated that each one the presiding officers have taken a pledge to strengthen the democratic establishments of India in order that they will work collectively for the welfare of society and democracy. They additionally expressed their views on how to strengthen the democratic course of and make the establishments extra accountable, he stated.
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The presiding officers had additionally, within the final session, determined to make the folks of India extra conscious of the basics rights and duties acknowledged within the Constitution. “The Parliament and the state legislatures will work jointly for this purpose,” Om Birla stated, including that he had additionally requested all state and Union territory governments to make readings of the preamble in all faculties and faculties a ‘compulsory daily activity’ and urged state assemblies to coordinate with the administration to work for making each particular person and, particularly, youth, conscious in regards to the basic rights and duties as enshrined within the Constitution.