Raipur, Oct 26 (Calcutta Tube) Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar Tuesday said a regional cooperation framework was a must to deal with challenges of food security, terrorism and Maoism.
‘It is only with inter governmental cooperation and integrated concerted action that we can achieve the objective of inclusive development,’ she said at the start of the fourth Conference of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) of India and Asia regions here.
She said peace and harmony were vital prerequisites for political stability and sustainable growth.
‘But unfortunately terrorism has emerged as a major threat to democratic societies, hitting at their very foundation. All of us have felt the pangs of terrorism. Our country has been a victim of cross border terrorism,’ Meira Kumar said.
She said terror attacks all over the world underscored the necessity of strongest collective action.
Recalling the terror attack on Mumbai in November 2008, the speaker said the incident was ‘a grim reminder’ that legislatures have to strive towards strengthening inter-governmental cooperation against terrorism.
Speaking on Maoism, she said it was not merely a law and order issue but had acquired socio-economic and political dimensions.
‘It is imperative to collaborate with all the stakeholders – the government, corporate houses, entrepreneurs, civil society organizations and the public – in our endeavour to bring peace and prosperity.’
On food security, the speaker said increasing the availability of food was vital for guaranteeing food security to all.
‘The present crisis-like situation on the food security front is a consequence of a combination of several factors such as global warming and climate change, that adversely affect agricultural production, increasing international fuel prices leading to higher transport costs, exorbitant cost of agricultural inputs, impediments in global agricultural trade and speculations in agricultural commodity markets,’ Meira Kumar said.
The five day conference is attended by 60 delegates from CPA India Region and 17 delegates from the CPA Asia Region.
Besides the delegates, about eight secretaries from CPA India Region and about 30 countries from CPA Asia Region are taking part.