Steno dictation audio playlist for Stenography skill test exam preparation. The Speech by Smt. Meira Kumar Hon’ble Speaker, Lok Sabha
Respected Pradhan Mantriji; Learned Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Minister of Communications & Information Technology; Hon’ble Deputy Speaker of the British House of Commons; Hon’ble Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Fraternity; Hon’ble Members of Parliament; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my honour and proud privilege to welcome, on behalf of the people and Parliament of India, the distinguished Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth, their spouses and other honoured guests who have assembled here this morning. I am grateful to you all for being here to participate in the deliberations of the Conference. It is certainly a great occasion for us as it is for the third time that New Delhi has been chosen as the venue of this august gathering.
We hosted the Second and the Eighth Conference in 1971 and 1986. I would like to express my profound gratitude to the Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth for giving us, the opportunity, once again, of organizing this prestigious Conference in the 60th year of the Commonwealth. Hon’ble Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh has kindly accepted our invitation to inaugurate and address this Conference. He epitomises the best of the Indian democracy with his respect for the rules and traditions of the House. We are thankful to him for the whole-hearted cooperation he has extended for the success of this Conference. Spread across the continents and representing more than one-third of the world’s population, the Commonwealth is an association of nations widely diverse in history, culture and traditions. Nonetheless, all of us in this great family share and cherish the ideals of freedom, equality and justice with our deep commitment to the Rule of Law, universal peace and prosperity, and parliamentary democracy. Distinguished delegates, as you all are aware, over the years, the institution of Commonwealth has played a crucial role in promoting mutual cooperation and consultation among the member countries in all spheres of human life.
At the parliamentary level, we have the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association which aims at building an informed parliamentary community and facilitating cooperation among the Legislatures across the Commonwealth. The Conference of Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth, which started as early as 1969, has further strengthened inter-parliamentary cooperation in the Commonwealth and has, thus, emerged as a unique platform for the Speakers and Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth to share and gain from each other’s experiences. This Conference is yet another step forward in providing an opportunity to us to focus on some of the important issues that are of common concern to us all. India is a land of enormous contradictions and contrasts in cultures, languages, religions, communities, economic groups, which undoubtedly enrich us. But India is not a land without its challenges and concerns. In the midst of this, democracy is a unifying and empowering force. We owe it to the abiding faith and astonishing resilience of the people that they have been able to uphold democratic principles. In the CSPOC, we are treated as a region with all our State and Union Territory Legislatures being individual members of the India Region. Today, we are the largest working democracy in the world and our Parliament has acquired preeminence in our political system. In fact, our Parliament has been playing a pivotal role in promoting the ideals of democracy, human dignity and tolerance as enshrined in our Constitution. As an instrument of social change, our Parliament has enacted a large number of people centric legislations to address the concerns and problems of various segments of our pluralistic society. During the past six decades since Independence, parliamentary democracy has taken deep roots in our country. Rules have been laid down and healthy traditions have been established by men of wisdom. Our traditions have been shaped by our experiences in the freedom struggle and therefore our democracy has a time tested, imperishable core.
Download dictation transcription pdf file – dictation transcription