DAV College under the aegis of Department of Extra-Mural Activities organized the 10th National Youth Parliament. It was sponsored by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Government of India under the Scheme of National Youth Parliament Competition in Universities/Colleges throughout the country. The aim is to strengthen the roots of democracy, inculcate healthy habits of discipline, tolerance of the views of others and to enable the student community to understand the working of our Parliamentary institutions. The co-ordinator of the programme Dr. Dinesh Arora, said that this was the second stage competition. DAV College qualified for this stage on the basis of its performance of youth parliament organized last year. He further said that only 5 colleges/universities qualified for this 2nd stage competition and DAV College is one of them. Out of these five one institution will emerge as the national winner.
In this event 70 students participated and they successfully tried to create the look of real Parliament. The seating arrangement was made as per the provisions of the Parliament. On the right side of Speaker the ruling party, with PM on the extreme right and on the left side the opposition party with Deputy Speaker on the extreme left followed by Leader of Opposition. The role of Speaker, Deputy Speaker, PM, Leader of Opposition, Secretary General etc was played by the students very successfully. The members of 10th National Youth Parliament wore the dresses of different states and presented a real look of National Parliament. The items like ‘Oath by New Members’, ‘Introduction to New Ministers by PM’, ‘Breach of Privilege’, ‘Question Hour’, ‘Papers to be Laid’, ‘zero Hour’, ‘Vote of No Confidence’ etc were presented in this Youth Parliament.
The issues of Price Rise, Corruption & Black Money, Indian Money in Foreign Banks, Energy Crisis, remained the hot issues of debate and discussion in the House.
During Zero Hour, Pushmeet Singh raised the issue of Holy city Amritsar and demanded Heritage status as well as category C status for its development. He made an emotional and sentimental appeal to the government in this regard.
Vote of No-Confidence:
Ms Amanpreet Kaur, Leader of Opposition moved the Vote of No-Confidence and criticized the government for its failure on all fronts of administration especially on economic fronts to check price rise, inflation and to bring Indian money in foreign banks back to India. She said on one hand the Rakshah of Corruption and on the other hand Dayan of Price Rise exploiting/ hurting the common people. Speaking on the motion Aastha, the Minister of Finance, made every attempt to defend the government. She talked about the need to look economic issues from wider prospective. She argued the strong economic fundamentals of Indian Economy. She promised that soon the rising prices will come down.
Mr. Amandeep, criticised the government for its failure in the rural areas. Smt. Sarima, Minister for Rural Development highlighted various rural schemes of the government and appealed the house to vote against the Vote of No-Confidence. Mr. Balkrishan also criticized the government for its failure on economic front.
Prime Minister Mr. Kanwarpreet Singh, tried to defend the government and talked about India’s strong economic fundamentals. He tried to show the seriousness of the government in controlling price rise and corruption.
Voting on the Motion: In the end voice voting was held on the Vote of No- Confidence Motion and Motion was defeated due to lack of support. The ruling party celebrated it with thumping of dusk. Finally with National Anthem, Speaker adjourned the house.
Judges: The event was evaluated by a jury of three judges- Sh. R.C Mohanty, Under Secretary, Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, New Delhi, Sh. K.D. Bhandari, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Govt. of Punjab, Dr. Neeru Sharma, Head, Department of Political Science, B.D.Arya Girls College, Jalandhar Cantt. . The jury appreciated the effort and encouraged the students to participate more in such programmes. Jury selected 8 students as best members of Youth Parliament, namely, Amanpreet Kaur, ,Pushmeet Singh, Amandeep, Kanwarpreet Singh, Balkrishan Thakur, Gursimrat Kaur, Aastha Arora, Arun Singh These students and Judges were honored by Principal Satish Kumar Sharma, Prof Kanwar Rajeev, Dean EMA, Prof Satish Tandon, Dr. Ashwani Sharma, Dr. B B Sharma and other members of EMA.
On this occasion Prof Satish Tandon, former Vice Principal & Head, dept. of Political Science DAV College, Jalandhar and Dr. Jagjit Kaur, Director, Youth Welfare, GNDU, Amritsar were presented as Guests of Honour. Prof. Kanwar Rajeev, Dean, EMA presented a Vote of Thanks. The programme was co-ordinated by Dr. Dinesh Arora and anchored by Prof. Sharad Manocha.