New Delhi, (The States. news): Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addressed the valedictory function of the 3rd edition of National Youth Parliament Festival -2022 today in the Central Hall of Parliament, New Delhi today. Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports, Anurag Singh Thakur and Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports, Nisith Pramanik also graced the event. Secretary Youth Affairs and Sports, Sujata Chaturvedi, Secretary General of Rajya Sabha P. C. Mody, Secretary General of Lok Sabha Utpal Kumar Singh and other officials of the Ministry and Parliament were also present on this occasion. The Lok Sabha Speaker and other dignitaries heard the views of the three young national winners of the Festival.
Addressing the participants, Om Birla said that National Youth Parliament is an innovative programme to equip youth with the understanding of parliamentary procedures and democratic processes. It also encourages the youth to participate in the process of building New India, Birla observed. Hailing the all-pervasive intellectual capacity and energy of the youth in India, Birla hoped that India’s status as ‘Vishva Guru’ will get further impetus with their growing stature globally.
Mentioning about the rapid changes around the world, Birla urged the youth to adapt to these changes so that they could prepare themselves accordingly and also take the nation forward. Om Birla emphasized that as the country is moving forward, the youth with their talent and energy should contribute to development, democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions. The sentiment of ‘Nation First’ should guide them in their every effort, stressed Om Birla. The Speaker also emphasized that the youth should realize their duties towards the nation and work individually as well as collectively in the direction of larger goal of making India self-reliant.(H.S.)