PATNA: Bihar Speaker Vijay Kumar Choudhary on Tuesday called upon the state legislators to play an active and constructive role in achieving the standards under the United Nation’s 17-point sustainable development goals (SDGs) in the state.
Introducing main points of the SDGs during a special debate in the post-lunch session on concluding day of the budget session in the assembly, Choudhary asked the legislators to rise above the party lines for the cause of development and give constructive suggestions to the house on how to make better achievement under the SDGs.
“You can play a pivotal role by ensuring constant monitoring of the state government’s schemes under in people-oriented sectors like road, energy and health. Besides these, an MLA can play a crucial role by leading a mass awareness campaign in his/ her constituency for the schemes related to education, health and sanitation,” Choudhary said, adding lawmakers have a very important role in the achieving the standards under the SDGs.
The speaker also said in Bihar there were several welfare schemes which were directly linked to the standards of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Participating in the debate, ruling coalition members namely Shyam Rajak, Ranju Geeta and Ashok Kumar Singh pointed out that schemes taken up under the ‘Saat Nischay’ (seven resolves) programme of the Bihar government were related to the SDGs and they lauded Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for launching those schemes.
Responding on behalf of the state government, road construction minister Nand Kishore Yadav said the state’s NDA government would remain committed to achieving the standards under the SDGs. Yadav also called upon the MLAs to play an active role in achieving the standards.