Speaker accorded grand welcome on his return from 20-day foreign tour

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 27 Nov 2017 10:45:32


Staff Reporter,


Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal was given a rousing welcome on his arrival after completion of 20-days foreign tour including attending the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference at Bangladesh and study-tour of South Africa, United States of America and Canada. He was welcomed at the Swami Vivekananda Airport Raipur by MLAs Dr Sanam Jangde and Avadesh Chandel along with large number of party workers.

Later talking to media persons, Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal said democracy in India is much stronger than other countries while in many countries Indian community has much say in the day to day working of local government. He said our democratic system is much stronger in comparison to others.

Talking about his participation at the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, the Speaker termed it to be one of the biggest annual gatherings of Commonwealth Parliamentarians. The theme of the Conference was ‘Continuing to enhance high standards of performance of Parliamentarians’, which largely focused on the significance of development of parliamentarians and in turn, the parliament’s performance as a guarantor of democracy and an independent pillar in the separation of powers. He said this conference provides a unique platform for inter-parliamentary dialogue between Speakers, Members of Parliament, officials representing the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 52 Commonwealth countries and over 180 national, states, provincial and territorial parliaments and legislatures.

After attending the conference, the Speaker had proceed to Johannesburg in South Africa, where he met large number of people from Indian community. He praised the disciplined traffic system which is followed by one and all as well as the parliamentary system there. During his visit to South Africa, he came to know about Nelson Mandela very closely.

From South Africa, the Speaker visited to Canada. He praised the vastness of Niagara falls but added that in our country there are very beautiful tourist attractions. During his tour to America, Canada and South Africa, the Indian diaspora have good influence trade and industries particularly in the IT and administrative sector. During his discussion with the media persons, the Speaker informed in detail about the places he visited and its specialties.