Successive govts have worked to strengthen democratic institutions: LS Speaker

New Delhi, Aug 28: Democratic institutions including those who are working at the grass roots level should work collectively to make our democracy more vibrant and stronger, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said.

“Our democratic institutions have strengthened over the period of time and successive elected governments have played their role in this regard,” noted Birla while addressing office bearers and members of the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Leh at the Assembly Hall of Council Secretariat.

On his visit to the newly-carved Union Territory (UT) for the ‘Outreach Programme for empowerment of Panchayati Raj Institutions of the Union Territory of Ladakh’, the Lok Sabha Speaker stated that people are at the centre of our Constitution.

“India has travelled a long journey on the path of development but unlike several countries, India has never witnessed instability in transfer of power from one elected government to the other,” observed Birla.

He noted that with collective efforts and commitment the country had successfully fought the Covid-19 pandemic even as many developed countries faced difficulties in preventing the spread of deadly virus.

Birla appealed to the local representatives to involve themselves in the development of villages. He hoped that in near future Ladakh will develop as a prominent tourist destination for national and international tourists and the UT will prosper without compromising its culture and identity.

Speaking on this occasion, Lieutenant Governor, Ladakh, RK Mathur said that with the active involvement of all stakeholders Ladakh is quickly moving forward on the path of development.

Earlier, Birla visited Pangong Tso Lake and interacted with the representatives of Panchayati Raj institutions there. He said that MPs from both ruling and opposition sides have visited Pangong Tso lake and nearby areas, and tourists from across the country are visiting the region.

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