NEW DELHI, Jan 11: Asserting that the people’s faith in democracy has continued to increase, Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla said that Indian democracy has continuously thrived and strengthened itself. He also urged the youths to work ceaselessly towards taking India on the path of prosperity and progress.

The Lok Sabha Speaker added that the strength of Indian democracy could be seen from the fact that the transfer of power has always occurred smoothly and as per our democratic traditions.

Birla was addressing the participants at the inaugural session of the finals of National Youth Parliament 2021, organised jointly by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, and the Lok Sabha Secretariat in the central hall of the Parliament today. Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports, Kiren Rijiju and Secretary-General, Lok Sabha, Utpal Kumar Singh were also present on the occasion.

Speaking about the youths and their contribution to nation building, Birla said that before Independence, Indian youths were at the forefront of the struggle for freedom.

Birla said that for the nation to prosper, it is imperative for the youths to make the significant contribution, which are their responsibility as well as duty.  Birla expressed confidence that in the coming years, youths would be at the forefront of an innovation-based world through their technical knowledge and skills.

“In a democracy, we share our thoughts and experiences, debate and discuss and then reach a conclusion after extensive discussion. This is the strength of the democratic system that gives everyone the rights to express their views. He hoped that the youth parliament would go a long way in strengthening the spirit of democracy in keeping with the motto of Nation First,” Birla added.

Later, Birla also interacted with the young leaders who will be competing in the finals of National Youth Parliament 2021 and encouraged them to do well.

Speaking on the occasion, Rijiju said that it is indeed a historic moment that young people of our country are participating in the National Youth Parliament in the temple of Indian democracy.

He noted that youths across India have participated enthusiastically in the 2021 festival of the National Youth Parliament and expressed the hope that the event would provide them a platform to share their social and economic ideas and internalize democratic values. This will indeed be a lifetime memorable event for them.

The valedictory session is scheduled to be addressed in a virtual mode by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This festival has seen the participation of a large number of youths from all over the country and 84 candidates are participating in the final event after winning at the district and state levels.