Children discuss internet shutdown, drug menace during special mock session of Rajasthan assembly – Times of India


JAIPUR: An understanding of parliamentary democracy and social issues among children was demonstrated in the Rajasthan legislature on Sunday, where a special hour-long performance was held for young minds between the ages of 6 and 16.

A total of 200 children – corresponding to the number of congregational seats in the state – have held Hour of Questions, Zero Hour and other House meetings as Speaker, Chief Minister, Ministers, Leader of the Opposition, and the governing and opposition. party MLA.


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The work of the session was carried out in accordance with the rules of the House, during which the children acted confidently and received gratitude from the speaker of Lok Sabha Om Birla. Yanvi Sharma, who played the role of the speaker, began the conversation with the “Hour of Questions”. Children, playing in the MLA of opposition parties, asked questions, and those who acted as ministers answered with facts and details.

The questions were mainly related to issues related to children and youth. Other issues raised included an action plan to curb child marriage and drug control measures near educational institutions.

From asking questions to staging dharna in the well of the House, staging a walk and making noise, the children brought the seance to life.

Designated opposition MLAs staged dharna in the well of the House, demanding action against drug smuggling, prompting the House leader to assure that action would be taken.

During “zero hour,” one participant demanded a discussion of Internet shutdowns during competitive exams, stating that it posed problems for ordinary people and that the government was considering shutting down the Internet to cover up its administrative failure.

Oppositionists left the house, demanding a response from the minister. The minister, in turn, said that he was ready to answer.

The disadvantages of mobile phones for children, their negative impact on mental health and the need to provide free resources to students and teachers for online education were among other issues discussed during Zero Hour.

The female speaker sat in the congregation secretary’s chair, while the rest of the children sat on the chairs and benches reserved for the Chief Minister, Ministers and MLAs in the House of Representatives.

The meeting was attended by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Speaker Lok Sabha Om Birla, Speaker of the Assembly K.P. Joshi and opposition leader Gulab Chand Kataria.

Speaking to the children ahead of the staging, the Chief Minister stressed the importance of democracy and the role that India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and others have played in strengthening democracy.

He asked the children to understand the importance of democracy.

Birla praised the initiative and said that active public participation is needed to strengthen democracy.

Speaker Joshi said this is the first of its kind in the country, and that 200 children have been selected from 5,500 of the 15 states that have applied online.


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