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Parliamentary Forums

29-JUL-2015 09:51

    The Parliamentary Forums have been constituted with the objective of equipping members with information and knowledge on specific issues of national concern and in assisting them to adopt a result-oriented approach towards related issues. These Forums provide a platform to members to have interaction with the Ministers concerned, experts and key officials from the nodal Ministries.

    15th Lok Sabha had 8 forums, which are described below:

    The Objectives behind the Constitution of Parliamentary Forums are:

    1. To provide a platform to the members for interaction and discussion with the ministers concerned, experts and key officials from the nodal ministries on critical issues with a result-oriented approach for speeding up the implementation process.
    2. To sensitize the members about the key areas of concern and also about the ground level situation and equip them with the latest information, knowledge, technical know-how and valuable inputs from experts both from the country and abroad for enabling them to raise these issues effectively on the floor of the House and in meeting of various parliamentary committees.
    3. To prepare a data base on critical issues coming under the ambit of each parliamentary forum after culling out relevant information from different sources such as the ministries concerned, United Nations, NGOs, internet, newspapers etc and circulation thereof to the members so that they can meaningfully participate in the discussions held in the meeting of the forums.

    Composition of Parliamentary Forums:

    The Speaker is the ex-officio President of all the parliamentary forums except the Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health where the chairman of Rajya Sabha is the ex-officio President and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is ex-officio Co-President.

    Each Forum consists of not more than 31 members (excluding the President and vice Presidents of the forum) including 21 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 members from the Rajya Sabha.

    Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management

    The functions of the Parliamentary Forum on Water Conservation and Management are:

    1. To identify problems relating to water and make recommendations for consideration and taking appropriate action by the government/organizations concerned
    2. To identify ways of involving members of parliament in conservation and augmentation of water resources in their respective states/constituencies
    3. To organize seminars/workshops to create awareness of conservation and efficient management of water

    Parliamentary Forum on Children

    The functions of the Parliamentary Forum on Children are:

    1. To enhance awareness and attention of parliamentarians towards critical issues affecting children’s well being
    2. To provide a platform to parliamentarians to exchange ideas, views, experiences, expertise, practices in relation to children through workshops, seminars, orientation programmes etc.
    3. To provide parliamentarians an interface with the civil society for highlighting children’s issues including, inter alia, the voluntary sector, media and corporate sector
    4. To enable parliamentarians to interact with specialized UN agencies and other comparable multilateral agencies on expert reports, studies, news and trend analysis etc.  Worldwide.

    Parliamentary Forum on Youth

    The functions of the Parliamentary Forum on Youth are:

    1. To have focused deliberations on strategies to leverage human capital among the youth for accelerating development initiatives.
    2. To build greater awareness amongst public leaders and at the grass-root level on the potential of youth power for effecting socio-economic change.
    3. To interact on regular basis with youth representatives and leaders in order to better appreciate their hopes, aspirations, concerns and problems.
    4. To consider ways for improving parliament’s outreach to different sections of youth, in order to reinforce their faith and commitment in democratic institutions and encourage their active participations
    5. To hold consultations with experts, national and international academicians and government agencies concerned redesigning of public policy in the matter of youth employment.

    Parliamentary Forum on Population and Public Health

    The functions of the forum are:

    1. To have focused deliberations on strategies relating to population stabilization
    2. To discuss and prepare strategies on issues concerning public health
    3. To build greater awareness in all sections of the society, particularly at the grass-root level, regarding population control and public health
    4. To hold comprehensive dialogue and discussion in the matter of population and public health with experts at the national and international levels and to have interaction with the multilateral organizations like WHO, United Nations Population Fund, academicians and government agencies.

    Parliamentary Forum on Global Warming and Climate Change

    The functions of the forum are:

    1. To identify problems relating to global warming and climate change and make recommendations for consideration and appropriate action by the government/organizations concerned to reduce global warming
    2. To identify ways of involving members of parliament to interact with specialist of national and international bodies working on to mitigate global warming and climate change by developing new technologies
    3. To organize seminars/workshops to create awareness about the causes and effects of global warming and climate change
    4. To identify ways of involving members of parliament to spread awareness to prevent global warming and climate change

    Parliamentary Forum on Disaster Management

    The functions of the forum are:

    1. To identify problems relating to disaster management and make recommendations for consideration and appropriate action by the government/organizations concerned to reduce the effects of disasters
    2. To identify ways of involving members of parliament to interact with specialist of national and international bodies working on disaster management with increased effort to develop new technologies to mitigate the effects of disasters
    3. To organize seminars/workshops to create awareness about the causes and effects of disasters

    Parliamentary Forum on Artisans and Craftspeople

    The functions of the forum are:

    1. To further enhance awareness and attention of parliamentarians towards critical issues affecting artisans and craftspeople
    2. To provide a platform to parliamentarians to exchange ideas, views, experiences, expertise, practices in relation to artisans and craftspeople through workshops, seminars, orientation programmes etc.
    3. To enable parliamentarians to interact with representatives of various union ministries, government organizations like Khadi Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Coir Board, and the Council for Advancement of People’s Actions and Rural Technology (CAPART) and other related organizations/bodies
    4. To hold comprehensive dialogue and discussion on the matters relating to preservation of art and traditional craft and the promotion of artisans and craftspeople with organizations at the national and international levels

    Parliamentary Forum on Millennium Development Goals

    The functions of the forum are:

    1. To review and enhance awareness and attention of parliamentarians towards critical issues which have bearing on achievement of targets set under Millennium Development Goals by 2015
    2. To provide a platform to parliamentarians to exchange ideas, views, experiences, expertise, practices in relation to implementation of Millennium Development Goals
    3. To provide parliamentarians an interface with the civil society for highlighting issues related Millennium Development Goals.
    4. To enable parliamentarians to interact with specialized UN agencies and other comparable multilateral agencies, expert report, studies, news and trend analysis etc.

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