House sessions to be stretched to 50 days this year


 Hoping that the state legislative assembly would conduct substantial business this year, which would benefit the state and its people, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that the year 2013 will have assembly sessions collectively stretching to 50 days.
The Chief Minister was addressing the inaugural programme of the 50th year of the Goa legislative assembly, on the Goa Legislators’ Day held at the Secretariat. The Speaker, Mr Rajendra Arlekar was also present on the occasion. The event was organised by the Goa Legislators’ Forum.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that the legislators have a vital role to play in improving the accountability and transparency of the government. He also appealed to the legislators to address issues faced by the state, and undertake a meaningful and fruitful discussion with the stakeholders so as to come out with a solution, that could help the government in creating a feedback system.
Mr Parrikar also stressed upon the need to improve the level and standard of debates in the House. He called upon the legislators to meet at frequent intervals for the discussion on issues and problems concerning the state, coming out with their suggestions to the problems, and finally, giving guidance for the betterment of the state.
Speaking on the occasion, the deputy Speaker, Mr Anant Shet said that the legislators have to work collectively for making Goa an ideal, progressive and prosperous state. He further said that "we have to work together to achieve balanced and sustainable development, and the contribution of the legislators is of utmost importance in this respect." The deputy Speaker appealed to the legislators to work together to uphold and preserve democracy and democratic values.
Those who also spoke on the occasion included former chief minister, Ms Shashikala Kakodkar, Mr Radharao Gracias, Mr Victor Gonsalves, and Mr Herculano Dourado.
Earlier, the Speaker welcomed the gathering, while the treasurer of the Goa Legislators’ Forum, Mr Shambhu Bhau Bandekar submitted the audit report of the Forum. Mr Babuso Gaonkar, the vice president of the Forum proposed the vote of thanks. Mr Sadanand Malik compered the function.
Meanwhile, the golden jubilee year of the state legislative assembly will witness various events and projects. The assembly would go hi-tech this year. A number of noted parliamentarians as well as scholars of parliamentary law would deliver lectures during the year. Furthermore, efforts are on to invite the President, Mr Pranab Mukherjee for the closing ceremony of the golden jubilee year in January 2014. [NT]