PD Sona (left) with John Ajaka. Image: Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly speaker PD Sona on Friday visited the Parliament of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

He is presently on a tour of New Zealand and Australia after taking part at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Uganda.

Sona, accompanied by the Counsel Generation of Indian High Commission to the Parliament, also called on John Ajaka- the president of the Legislative Council of New South Wales.

During the interaction, the duo discussed the functioning of both houses and other outreach programmes the parliament conducts.

Speaking on the outreach programmes being held at legislative assemblies and parliaments, Sona said they are largely academic.

“The Arunachal Pradesh assembly is working on a module of outreach programmes which will give impetus to literary and arts,” he said.

“I believe that this help in honing the talent of our younger generation,” he added.

“Assemblies should not be mere center for legislation. It should become the centre. for learning also,” Sona added

“We have a good library and a state of the art museum is also coming up. This should come up as a research centre for scholars too,” Sona further said.

Earlier, Ajaka took Sona on a tour of the entire parliament premises and showed him both its houses.

The New South Wales parliament is a bicameral one. The lower house has 93 members and the Upper House has 42.

Meanwhile, Sona also invited Ajaka to Arunachal Pradesh in April next year when he will be attending an executive committee meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association in Assam.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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