The country’s economy is facing a familiar challenge ~ the perennial struggle to meet divestment targets. The revelation that the Centre is set to miss its divestment goal by a staggering sum in the current fiscal year is a stark reminder of the persistent hurdles on the road to economic reform.
Mentioning that India has a robust participatory democracy and a vibrant multi-party system where hopes and aspirations of the citizens find expression through the elected representatives, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has said that all members enjoy the freedom to express their views and thoughts in the Lok Sabha.
The 146th Assembly of the IPU is being held in Manama from March 11-15.
Reiterating India’s longstanding view that all “global issues should be resolved peacefully through dialogue”, the Lok Sabha Speaker informed that the Parliament of India has always held extensive and meaningful debate and deliberations on contemporary global challenges such as climate change, gender equality, sustainable development and covid-19 pandemic.
He emphasised that global institutions propagating peace, harmony and justice are crucial for peace, prosperity, sustainability and a just world order.
In this context, Birla said that in global institutions like the UN Security Council, there is a broad consensus among many nations to bring about reforms to reflect the realities of a rapidly changing world order.
Observing that this important matter requires serious discussions, the Lok Sabha Speaker stressed that “reform in the UN Security Council cannot be delayed any further”.
“It is crucial that the subject is included in future global agendas so that we could contribute more and more in addressing challenges such as climate change, sustainable development, poverty, gender equality and terrorism,” he said.