To commemorate Children’s Day on 14 November, 200 children from 15 Indian states were coddled on Sunday when they became part of a ‘Children’s Session’ of the Rajasthan Assembly.
When they put on the vesture of young netas responsibly, the children asked questions, sought answers, they were assertive and aggressive all at the same time. Some of the members of the Opposition, dissatisfied with the Treasury benches’ response, went and sat in the well of the house.
Renowed politicians including Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Dr. CP Joshi, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, and Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, Gulab Chand Kataria, among others, watched when these young children donning and filled the seats of the Rajasthan Assembly and went about the proceedings of the House.
Children expressed their desire for this kind of event to take place every year in all of the country’s states while conversation with the media.
Harsh said, “I was elected as Chief Minister of the House. I was born in Gujarat. It was a great exciting experience,”. I brought up the issue of child marriage in the state assembly, he added.
A young leader from Delhi said, “I would like to become the tourism minister one day because we children are not taken on tours to explore new different places.”
Speaker Joshi said, future generations have been given an opportunity to conduct the House, ask questions and express their opinion with discipline, PTI
The session was conducted under the aegis of the Rajasthan branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
These young netas came to Jaipur from 15 different Indian states interacted with India’s political leaders, heard from them, asked questions, and saw how democracy works in the corridors of power first-hand.
The purpose of holding the first Children’s Session in a Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, and possibly in the country, was to teach these children about democracy and how an Assembly works. Several netas in the state Assembly stated, they had learned a lot from the children.
Gulab Chand Kataria, Leader of the Opposition said “These young children conducted the house, whereas we created disturbances,”.
Rajasthan Power Minister BD Kalla said, “I believe that some of the suggestions made by these young children are feasible.”
On Sunday, the session began at 11 am and lasted until about 1:15 pm. This event was streamed live on the Rajasthan Assembly’s YouTube channel. Children put on a variety of roles, including Assembly Speaker, Leader of the Opposition, ministers, Chief Whip, and Deputy Chief Whip.
Source: India Today, Hindustan Times