Parliament Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury on Saturday called upon the youth to show respect for the opinions for the sake of democracy.
“There is now a scope for the practice of tolerating the opinions of others through logics, which is indispensable for democracy,” she said while addressing the 8th session of the ‘Jubo Chhaya Sangsad’ (Shadow Parliament of Youths) at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban of Dhaka University, said a Parliament Secretariat handout.Dr Shirin called upon the youth to take a positive attitude towards constructive criticisms.
“This shadow parliament is playing a very good role in nourishing freethinking among the young generation,” she said.
The theme of the session of the youth parliament is ‘preventing food wastage, ensuring nutritious food and giving priority to empowerment of youths’.
About the theme, the Speaker said Bangladesh is now self-sufficient in food and it has been able to attain self-sufficiency in food due to timely measures taken by the present government.
Dr Shirin said the government has taken various steps to ensure nutritious food for people.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Akhtaruzzaman opened the 8th session of the shadow parliament.Lawmaker Aroma Dutta and former agriculture secretary Anwar Faruk also spoke at the function. Executive Director of Amar Foundation and also Secretary General of All Party Parliamentary Group Shishir Sheel presided over the event.
Country Director of Hunger Free World Bangladesh Ataur Rahman Miton delivered the welcome speech.
Like Members of Parliament (MPs) from 300 constituencies and 50 reserved seats in the Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad, there are a total of 350 students in the shadow parliament.
Over 40 organisations, including Hunger Free World, Youth against Hunger and DanChurchAid arranged the shadow parliament.