Shillong, Feb 24: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will address the Members of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly in Shillong on Thursday.
Later, he will visit the construction site of the new building of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.
On February 26, Birla will inaugurate the Outreach and Familiarisation Programme for the Local Bodies of the State of Meghalaya and the other North Eastern States in Shillong.
Besides Birla, the Outreach programme is being attended by Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, Rameshwar Teli, Union Minister of State, Ministry of Food Processing Industries; Metbah Lyngdoh, Speaker, Meghalaya Legislative Assembly and LakhmenRymbui, Minister for District Council Affairs Department, Government of Meghalaya.
Several Members of Parliament and other dignitaries will also grace the function.
Birla has taken a unique initiative, an outreach programme, for the country’s Panchayati Raj Institutions. A first of its kind programme, the Outreach & Familiarisation Programme for the Panchayati Raj Institutions of the country is being organised by the Parliamentary Research & Training Institute for Democracies (PRIDE), Lok Sabha Secretariat with a focus on enhancing participatory democracy through greater awareness of the procedures and processes followed by democratic institutions functioning at various levels from the grassroots to the apex level.
The Outreach Programme is scheduled to be organised for the grass-root level institutions of Meghalaya and other North-East States on February 26 in Shillong, Meghalaya.
The theme of the programme is ‘Panchayati Raj System/Autonomous District Councils: Strengthening the Decentralised Democracy’. Around 90 Members of the Autonomous District Councils of Meghalaya will be physically attending the above-mentioned programme.
In addition, 80 Representatives Head from the local self-government bodies of other North-East states wherein 25 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Arunachal Pradesh, 26 Zila Parishad Chairmen from Assam, six Zila Parishad Chairmen from Manipur, six MDCs from Mizoram, nominated five heads of Village Councils from Nagaland, four Zila Parishad Chairmen from Sikkim and eight Zila Parishad Chairmen from Tripura will also be present for the programme.
Apart from this, remaining panchayat representatives from all of the North Eastern states will be connected to the programme ‘online via weblink’.