Loka Kerala Sabha Why ? With the state government all set to convene the first meeting of Loka Kerala Sabha(LKS) in January, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan
With the state government all set to convene the first meeting of Loka Kerala Sabha(LKS) in January, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has declared the government’s commitment to implement the recommendations to be put forth by the Sabha, which is envisaged as a platform for formal discussions on Pravasi issues and to advise on the government’s policy decisions.
“The sabha’s secretariat and the state government is committed to follow-up the guidelines to be recommended by the Sabha and to ensure its implementation. The progress of the activities to be taken up after the sabha’s first meeting will be assessed at the next meeting to be convened within two years,” the CM said in a statement issued here on Wednesday.
The proceedings of the LKS, he said, have been envisaged in such a manner that it could take up two missions – to tap the huge potential of immigration for the good for the state and to meet the state’s responsibilities towards nonresident Malayalis in other Indian states and across the globe.
“LKS will initiate in-depth discussions on various issues and take strong decisions,” the CM said.
Scheduled to meet in the state capital on January 12 and 13, the LKS will have 351 members, including MLAs, MPs from Kerala and 178 representatives of NRKs nominated by the government. The nominated members will include 42 people from other Indian states, 100 representing NRKs abroad, six from the returnees and 30 eminent personalities from various walks of life. The Sabha will meet at least once in two years.
Asserting that the LKS will be another ‘Kerala model’ for the country and other Indian states to emulate, the chief minister said that such forums gain significance as cultures and communities grow beyond geographical boundaries.