We need strong opposition both at the centre and state, emphasized participants in Youth Parliament
What are the major problems and issues confronting our states and centre now?
Is it Inflation?, Poverty?, Unemployment?, Corruption?, Illiteracy?, Pollution?
No, none of them. Though they are the problems, there is a big one. And that one is We need STRONG OPPOSITION a ROBUST OPPOSITION, both at Centre and States
We need UNITED, CONSTRUCTIVE, RESPONSIBLE OPPOSITION at this juncture. It is necessary for Democracy, BETTER GOVERNANCE, BETTER FUTURE, BETTER INDIA, and BETTER STATES, said participants who participated in the Youth Parliament.
City-based St Peter's High School, Bowenpally organised a Youth Parliament at Malla Reddy Gardens in Bowenpally. It was a hybrid Youth Parliament. 62 students of the school donned the role of parliamentarians with their physical presence and 20 students from three different schools from three different cities appeared virtually. 42 were girls, giving more than 30% reservations, which is a long-felt demand. Children from schools in Jamnagar, Zikarpur and Jaipur participated virtually. The Mock Parliament lasted for one and a half hours. More than 1000 students witnessed it in person.
Prof Vijayalaxmi Bollampally, College of Law, Osmania University was the chief guest. She inaugurated it by lighting the lamp and also unveiled the List of Business of the Youth Parliament. Speaking on the occasion she said it was an important part of education. Students must know what is happening around them. For the good health of the country, we need a strong opposition both at the Centre and State.
The Parliament commenced with two members Mangilipally Anirudh and Bhuvanba Kruti, each from Mandya Constituency in Karnataka and Malkangiri in Telangana taking the oath.
It was followed by the President's address. The house paid rich tributes to Bharat Ratna Late Lata Mangeshkar. The house observed one minute of silence in her honour. The members recalled her contribution to the entertainment industry in India.
Smt Nandini Sharma, who donned the role of Prime Minister, a girl in a green saree and yellow blouse introduced new ministers--Eshwar Choudhury, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution and Smt. Kshithi Kadapa, Minister of Culture.
Then began the question hour, which lasted for 45 minutes. There were 24 questions raised about all Ministries. The questions were well framed, crisp to the point and answered well.
Both the ruling and opposition benches were opposite to each other. All the parliamentarians were traditionally attired, and groomed well to the occasion. They have used a moustache on one boy to look elderly.
The first question was on Defence. The opposition member Sahasra Himachal asked
"Honorable Speaker, Ma’am, Question No 101, will the MINISTER OF DEFENCE be pleased to clarify my query. . Tejas which is India’s first Made in India fighter jet according to your latest report. I am informed that there are only 83 Tejas Fighter Jets, on the other hand, India imported more than 200 Sukhoi Fighter Jets from Russia. Why can’t India build its Fighter jets? Why do we always import Aircraft from Russia or France? Isn’t this contradictory to ATMANIRBHAR BHARAT and MAKE IN INDIA? And Will the MINISTER OF DEFENCE be pleased to share any such Make in India pursuits by the Indian Navy ?"
ANIRUDH BONDUGULAPATI student of 9th who was the defence minister answered at length and convincingly. The Members of the Treasury thumped in appreciation for the answer.
Like this 23 other questions went on.
250 students researched and applied to the Parliament committee on various subjects. From them, 75 students were picked to participate in the mock parliament.
Then a breach of privilege was moved, and papers were laid by a few ministers. Messages from Upper Chambers were carried out.
An Austrian Parliament delegation that was seated in the house was greeted and welcomed. One of their representatives responded. The Parliament gave assent to 14 bills which were tabled by the Secretary-General.
Smt. Rishika called the attention of Smt. Khanak Minister of Finance towards the JAN DHAN YOJANA SCHEME.
The house carried out Legislative business. Bills were introduced, moved for consideration, debated, voted and passed. A Bill on the Personal Data Protection Bil 2019 which was placed in the house was withdrawn by the IT Minister Shri Bitanu Roy to further amend it.
A motion of thanks on the President's address was proposed. A Private Member's Business was carried. Shri Adamya Vaid, Smt. Pranathi, Smt. Akula Anusha expressed concern at the growing student suicides in Higher Educational Institutions. They spoke at length with a lot of convincing facts and statistics. Following their address, Prime Minister Smt. Nandini Sharma, moved the resolution to initiate student mental health and well-being in Higher Educational Institutions for which all showed their consent by raising hands. Seeing the full support of the Honourable Speaker, Smt Suzanne granted the resolution.
The house adjourned.
Democracy and education as inseparably interconnected: Democracy is a basic value and must be practised in education and education as a means to strengthen and sustain democracy.
Youth Parliaments are being organised by St. Peter's High School educational institutions regularly. The most debatable subject in the country today is about eroding democratic values. It is being talked about everywhere that we need a strong democracy, both at the centre and state. The Parliamentarians who participated in the mock parliament echoed the same feeling.
ANIRUDH BONDUGULAPATI student of 9th who was the Defence Minister said, he felt powerful as he got to be a Defence Minister of India for two hours. I cherish this moment. Prime Minister candidate Nandini said she was excited about her role as Prime Minister. Every second of it I enjoyed and imagined Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Dr. Suvarna, Principal of the school said, the objective of it was to make students understand the parliamentary procedure, and develop in students an insight into the working of parliament. and to make students consider current public issues and form their opinion on them.
The School's Correspondent Mr. T. A. Reddy and Director Mrs. T. Aruna Reddy and others participated.
Then Best Parliamentarian awards were presented to the participants