DAV College under the aegis of Department of Extra-Mural Activities organized the 11th 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. Dr. B B Sharma, Principal said that the aim of the youth parliament 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 group level competition. All over India 35 universities & colleges are participating in 11th Youth Parliament. These institutions have been divided into 5 groups. DAV College Jalandhar is in Group D.
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 11th 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.
During question hour many important issues were raised like Quality Education, Food Reserves, Railway Accidents, Position of Migrants of J&K, Defence Modernization etc.
During Zero Hour, Pushmeet Singh raised the issue of Flood and Non-Preparedness the of Government in this regard. He made an emotional and sentimental appeal to the government in this regard. As the concerned minister was not in the House, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs defended the Government.
Vote of No-Confidence:
Ms Nitika Vij, 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 back Indian money from the foreign banks. She said on one hand Price Rise and on the other hand Scams scandals exploiting 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 highlighted that soon the rising prices will come down.
Ms Shikha, criticised the government for its failure in the rural areas. Ms Pallvi Ahuja, 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. Rajat, who looked like Rahul Gandhi, 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- Dr. B. Moomin, MLS University, Udaipur, Sh. Pawan Tinu, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Govt. of Punjab, Prof. D K Sood, Department of Political Science, Kamla Nehru College, Phagwara. The jury appreciated the effort and encouraged the students to participate more in such programmes. On this occasion, Prof. K K Ghai, Guest of Honour, congratulated the EMA team for organizing this event and also encouraged the students to participate more in such activities.
Best Yourth Parliamentarians: Jury selected 8 students as best members of Youth Parliament, namely, Shikha, Shyna, Rashmi Sharma, Nitika, Gursimrat, Aastha, Rajat and Balkrishan. These students and Judges were honored by Principal Dr. B B Sharma, Prof. Sharad Manocha, Dean EMA, Dr. Ashwani Sharma, Dr. B B Sharma and other members of EMA.
Vote of Thanks : Prof. S J Talwar, Dy. Dean, EMA presented a Vote of Thanks. The programme was co-ordinated by Dr. Dinesh Arora and anchored by Prof. Sharad Manocha.