Lok Sabha Speaker Current Affairs - 2020

Lok Sabha Speaker launches “Suposhit Maa Abhiyan”: To create Malnutrition free India

On March 1, 2020, the Lok Sabha speaker Shri Om Birla launched Suposhit Maa Abhiyan in Kota, Rajasthan. The Scheme aims to create malnutrition-free India. It mainly supports pregnant women and adolescent girls.

About the Scheme

Suposhit Maa Abhiyan was launched to preserve the health of future generations. Under the programme, more than 1000 women are to be given food for 1 month. It is applicable only to one pregnant woman per family.

The scheme registers pregnant women on a website. From the website, the women who are in need of nutritional support are identified. The identified women are to be given a balanced diet kit of 17 kg. It includes milet flour, wheat, maize, gram, jaggery, large soybean, groundnut, ghee, dates, roasted gram, lentil, oatmeal and rice.

Significance

The Scheme is launched to help India achieve its target of “Malnutrition Free India” by 2022. Kota, Rajasthan was selected as it is the constituency of the speaker.

64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala

The 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference is being held in Kampala, the capital of Uganda from 22 to 29 September. An Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will be attending the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Indian Delegation at 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The conference will also be attended by Indian delegation comprising of presiding officers and secretaries from state legislatures from India who are members of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Assam Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami and Uttarakhand Speaker Prem Chand Aggarwal will also participate in the conference.

The delegation will also include Lok Sabha Secretary General Snehlata Shrivastava apart from Member of Parliaments including Roopa Ganguly, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, L. Hanumanthaiah and Aparajita Sarangi.

During conference around ten workshops will be held on various subjects, with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla being lead speaker in some of workshops. Indian parliamentary delegation will also interact with Indian diaspora during their stay in Uganda.

During the visit, Lok Sabha Speaker Birla will also be holding bilateral meetings with top leadership of Uganda and his counterparts from other commonwealth countries to discuss matters of mutual interest and parliamentary cooperation.