GUWAHATI, Feb 27: A two-day interaction with Members of Legislative Assembly on understanding ‘Sustaible Development Goals (SDGs)’ and a detailed discussion on ‘Assam Agenda 2030: Strategies and Actions for Achieving the SDGs in Assam’ concluded on Tuesday. The interaction that began on February 26 was organized by Assam Legislative Assembly Speaker Hitendra th Goswami.
The SDG, which has 193 countries as sigtories, is a landmark agreement which set forth a set of 17 goals which are to be achieved by 2030 and the Government of Assam is the first state in the country to adopt these 17 goals and to come out with a Vision Document which lays down the strategies for achieving these intertiol goals.
The interaction was designed for the MLAs to interact closely with experts from around the country like Dr. Usha Jumani (consultant and research scholar), Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty (chairman, raya Healthcare), Dr. Mihir Kanti Choudhury (advisor, Government of Assam), Anurag Goel (SDGs advisor to UNDP), Prof. Sabastian Morris (IIM Ahmedabad), Dr. vroz K. Dubash (Centre for Policy Research), Justice Hrishikesh Roy, and Ashok Lahiri (chairman, Bandhan Bank).
The Speaker laid stress on the need for the political leaders to be able to engage more closely with the SDGs for achieving them by 2030. He focused the need for MLAs and bureaucrats to work together and the need for more regular meetings and interactions among them.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma laid stress on the need to look at the fince and its components through the SDG lens to increase accountability in terms of finces. State Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia reinstated how Assam is ‘moving well ahead of the rest of the world’ in terms of SDGs and this needs to be kept up. Many MLAs from various parties interacted closely with the Speaker and asked questions to the resource persons for deeper understanding on the issues.
The programme ended with the Speaker declaring formulation of a Legislator’s Forum for SDGs which will comprise of members of all political parties and will meet once in every quarter. He also declared that in every session of the Assembly at least one SDG Goal will be discussed on the floor of the House. He declared that one SDG Youth Fellowship Programme will be launched where one young person will be desigted to each MLA through a process of selection for assisting them and integrating SDGs in their constituencies.