New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stressed upon the need for organizing the orientation program for the newly elected MLAs to train them while taking up and raising the issues of public importance in the House under well-defined rules and procedures. He said that in the present Assembly 45 legislators are newly elected who have not enough knowledge of rules and procedures of taking part and in conducting the Business of the House. He was addressing during the inauguration of a two-days orientation program jointly organized by Delhi Legislative Assembly Secretariat and Bureau of Parliamentary Studies & Training, Lok Sabha in Delhi Vidhan Sabha today.

The program was presided over by Delhi Assembly Speaker M.S. Dhir while Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Dr. Harshvardhan was the Guest of Honour. Minister of Education & Urban Development Manish Sisodia, Minister of Social Welfare & WCD Ms. Rakhi Birla, Minister of Labour & Employment Girish Soni, Minister of Health & Family Welfare Satyender Jain and a number of senior MLAs and newly elected MLAs were also present on this occasion.

Kejriwal further said that the training will give the full knowledge to the legislators to raise their issues in the limited time and to refrain from makinghullabaloo. He expressed hope that the program will be beneficial and useful for the legislators. By imparting training under the orientation program, they will be able to raise their issues effectively in the House or the matters relating to public importance under well-defined rules and procedures.

Speaker Dhri said that one and a half crore populace of Delhi has elected 70 legislators and these legislators should well be equipped for taken of their causes with full knowledge of methods, rules and procedures. He said that the MLAs should be trained to raise the issues in minimum allocated time to them in the House since the time allocated in the House is limited and one has to raise the issue in that time only.

Dr. Harshvardhan said that for newly elected members, the orientation program will certainly prove to be informative and full of knowledge and will equip them with the knowledge of rules & procedures. Giving the backdrop of the program, Dr. Harshvardhan said that at the new set up of the present Delhi Legislative Assembly in 1993, the need was felt to organize such orientation program for legislators, which was started with the inauguration of Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the same Committee Room at Old Secretariat. From that time, the orientation program is regularly being organized by the Delhi Legislative Assembly Secretariat at the start of the new Assembly.

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