GUWAHATI, Jan 12: Much to the glee of the denizens of Arunachal Pradesh, State Assembly Speaker Pasang D Sona has been unanimously elected as Chairman of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), India Region (Zone-III).
This was decided at the joint meeting of the Executive Committee of CPA India Region, Zone-III at the NERIPSTR premises at Khanapara here today.
Outgoing Chairman and Speaker of the Assam Legislative Assembly Hitendra Nath Goshwami formally handed over the charge to the newly elected CPA Chairman.
Addressing the meeting as the new Chairman, Sona extended his gratitude to all the Speakers of eight Northeastern states for reposing their trust on him to lead the Association.
“I am truly humbled and honoured to be elected as the Chairman of the CPA India Region (Zone-III). I accept the responsibility with humility and would like to extend my sincere thanks to my predecessor Hitendra Nath Goswami, Speaker Assam Legislative Assembly and Speakers of seven other NE states for entrusting me with the responsibilities. I look forward to working with them for better regional cooperation and development,” Sona said.
Stating that the objectives of the Association are to promote knowledge of the constitutional, legislative, economic, social and cultural aspects of parliamentary democracy, the CPA Chairman urged upon all the Speakers for their equal contribution to the Association.
“It’s a new challenge for me and I urge everyone for their cooperation and contribution. We all need to work in tandem with equal responsibilities,” he asserted.
The outgoing Chairman informed that due to COVID-19 situation the scheduled CPA conference couldn’t take place at Itanagar. He also informed about various steps taken by him as Chairman to strengthen the Association and to make the North East Region Institute of Parliamentary Studies & Research (NERIPSTR) pro-active.
He exuded hope that the new Chairman will take over the responsibilities and work for betterment of the organization.
“I am very much optimistic that under the leadership of P D Sona, the activities of CPA India Region, Zone-III, will continue to flourish and he will be able to take the activities of our zone to a much higher level for greater interest of NR region as a whole,” Goshwami said.
Earlier, the members also discussed ways and means to improve the activities of NERIPSTR. They shared their views and ideas which were taken into consideration for further discussion in the next sitting.
State Assembly Deputy Speaker Tesam Pongte, APLA secretary Kago Habung and Jt secretary Tadar Meena accompanied P D Sona. (Speaker’s PR Cell)