Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel inaugurated the ‘Youth Model Assembly’ today, where selected students will sit in as MLAs. This one-of-a-kind initiative from the Gujarat government is aimed at helping the youth understand the process of democracy. Students will get practical experience and know what kind of discussions happen regularly in the parliament. This program will show the youth how the government works and how different important decisions like those related to the budget and other aspects are taken.
Students for this program were selected through several rounds of interviews, which tested them on their knowledge of current affairs, Indian politics, and speaking skills. Mishri Shah, a class-12 student at Navarachna International School in Vadodara, was selected as the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly. Rohan Rawal, studying in class 12 at Zydus School in Ahmedabad, will play the role of Chief Minister in the one-day youth assembly. Meanwhile, Gautam Dave from Gandhinagar has been selected as the Leader of Opposition.
Gujarat Speaker Nimaben Acharya has led the organization of this event. Ganesh Vasudev Mavlankar of Parliamentary Studies and Training Bureau, Gujarat Legislative Assembly and an Ahmedabad-based newspaper, The School Post, have been involved in the planning of this program. The mock assembly will be held at Assembly House in Gandhinagar.
Speaker Acharya said, “In order to increase the participation of the youth in the development process of the country and provide good governance to this country in the future, it is necessary to organize programmes like ‘Youth Model Assembly’.”