A total of 150 students from across the country have been selected for a first-of-its-kind model youth parliament (MY Parliament) to be held in Delhi starting September 27. The aim is to engage the youth in the policy-making process and to give an insight into the ­working of the parliamentary system.
Participants have been chosen after a rigorous ­screening ­process and have been ­categorised for the positions of members of ­parliament, ­cabinet ­minister and prime minister. The model legislative body comprises ­students from various fields including engineering, law and media. Explaining the process, Mayank Sharma from National Law University says, “The first step is to fill an online ­application form. I had applied for the ­position of cabinet minister where I was asked to analyse a certain bill. Then I received a call from MY Parliament team for a telephonic interview. In addition to ­receiving reference material, participants are also trained through a series of policy workshops prior to the event.”
Top policymakers, ­bureaucrats and current Members of Parliament will witness the event. “The idea is to involve ­students in the legislative ­process. We came up with this format which encourages debate. In the initial segments, participants would be discussing issues of national importance along with their ­questions. The bills which would be discussed in the Parliament are Food Security Bill, Lokpal Bill, bill against ­sexual ­harassment of women at the workplace and the policy of FDI in retail,” informs Raghav Garg, founder, Developing Inclusive Alternatives, an NGO organising Model Youth Parliament.
The event will be followed by the launch of a nationwide ­campus ambassador programme, campus ambassador policy boot camp, MY Parliament Conclave and MY Parliament India, 2015.