Members of Parliament can play an effective role in spreading literacy among the illiterate population ,and that, literacy drive has to be accompanied by a program of legal literacy, said Mr Shantaram Naik MP. from India at a Cambodian conference of Parliamentarians of Asia and Africa on friday.
A delegation of Parliamentarians under the auspices of The Asian Population and Development Association ,Japan, is presently on a five days tour of Cambodia to discuss population related issues. Mr Naik who was entrusted with the task of summarizing study visit held during the tour, said that legal literacy is needed to be taken to the rural people so that every citizen becomes aware of his rights. Mr Naik, addressing further MPs from Asia and Africa said that they have to raise the population related issues in their respective Parliaments and should visit hospitals, as also schools , whether they are members of any related committees or not.
Goa MP Shantaram Naik with Senior Vice Minister of Japan Shri Kenya Akiba. Also seen in the photograph is Dr Manmohan Sharma Executive Director of Indian Association of Parliamentarians for Population and Development, New Delhi
Delegates visited schools and health centers in provincial areas of Cambodia. Members were shown de – mining field operation done by Cambodia which still faces the problems of land mines put during civil war.
While Mr Naik and Dr Manmohan Sharma Executive Director of Indian Association of Parliamentarians for Population and Development, represented India, there were MPs from Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand,Uganda,Vietnam, Bhutan, Ghana, Afganistan, and Sierra Leone and Malawi. Sri Lanka was represented by their Child Development and Women Affairs. Japanes Senior Vice Minister Shri Kenya Akiba was with the delegates practically throughout the tour.