First session of Loka Kerala Sabha from Jan 12,2018

DATE: 12-Jan-2018

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 3 (UNI) The first session of the two-day Loka Kerala Sabha (LKS), a common platform for Keralites living across the globe, will be held at the Legislative Assembly Complex from January 12. The 351-member LKS shall comprise the Members of the Legislative Assembly and Members of Parliament from the state, Non-Resident Keralites of Indian citizenship nominated by the Government of Kerala, and select members of the returnee community. The Government has decided to constitute LKS as it is envisaged as a platform for the cultural, socio-political and economic integration of myriad Keralas with the home state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. Asserting that the LKS will be another 'Kerala Model' for the country and other states to emulate, and such forums gain significance as cultures and communities grow beyond geographical boundaries, he said Kerala’s people and its culture have travelled beyond borders and to every corner of the world, fostering their assimilation and integration with the rest of the world. It is imperative to constitute a democratic space in order that cultural, socio-political and economic co-operation between home and outer Keralas are facilitated, and channeled into the creation of a Global Kerala Synergy, Mr Vijayan added. ''LKS will initiate in-depth discussions on various issues and take strong 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 Government is committed to implement the recommendations to be putforth 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 Chief Minister said. The government would nominate 177 persons representing the expatriate population. Various registered Pravasi organizations would also have their representation in the LKS, and new members would be nominated on completion of current members' tenure. The Chief Minister will be LKS's Council leader while the opposition leader will be the deputy leader. State chief secretary will be appointed as the LKS secretary general, while a seven-member presidium chaired by the speaker will moderate the proceedings. The presidium will have one representative each from among MPs, MLAs and one member each from Europe and other regions.