Bhubaneswar: A two-day training programme for MLAs began in the Odisha Legislative Assembly premises here today.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik graced the inaugural event and said the most significant point for a people’s representative is that he or she must lead by example. “Simplicity should be at the core of our public behaviour. Leading a simple life can help us connected to people,” said Patnaik.
He said said democratic dissent is a right of an MLA and while exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency.
“Democratic dissent is a right of an MLA. While exercising this right, legislators must not forget democratic decency. At no circumstances, democratic dissent should cast a shadow on democratic decency,” said Patnaik.
The two-day orientation programme was being organised by Odisha Assembly for the members of 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly (OLA) in collaboration with Lok Sabha Secretariat.
The programme was presided over by Assembly Speaker Surya Narayan Patro. Leader of Opposition Pradipta Naik also attended. Almost all the MLAs attended the event.
“In whatever position you may be, the people are supreme. Therefore, elected representatives should keep the common people at the centre of all their initiatives,” said Patnaik.