The Government of Assam has adopted Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) in its policy discourse and evolved the process to a new height over the last two years. In order to involve the policy makers more actively in this process, the Hon’ble Speaker, Assam Legislative Assembly organized a two-days Interaction Sessions with the Hon’ble MLAs on 26th & 27th February’2018 in the Central Hall of Assam Legislative Assembly to familiarise them with the concept of SDGs in the state.
Eight Technical Sessions were held during the two days interaction on the following topics:
For each Technical Sessions experts from outside and inside the country were invited for deliberation.
Shri Anurag Goel, IAS (Retd), SDGs Adviser to UNDP, Dr. Usha Jumani, Management Consultant and Independent Research Scholars, Dr. Devi Prashad Shetty, Narayana Health, Banglore, Dr. Mihir Kanti Chaudhury, Adviser to Govt. of Assam(Education) and former Vice Chancellor of Tezpur University, Prof. Sebastian Morris, IIM, Ahmedabad, Dr. Navroz K Dubash, Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, Gauhati High Court, Shri Ashok Lahiri, Chairman, Bandhan Bank Ltd, Dr Shiladitya Chatterjee, Adviser, Centre for SDGs, AASC had participated in the Interaction Sessions as Experts. Further, all Additional Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Commissioner & Secretaries and Secretaries, Govt of Assam participated as Resource Persons and Panellists in the respective technical sessions.
In the first session of the Interaction, Hon’ble Speaker gave his Opening Remarks on SDGs and Hon’ble Minister, Finance, Transformation and Development Departments etc delivered his speech on “Importance of SDGs in Context of Assam” and Shri V.K Pipersenia, IAS than Chief Secretary, Assam explained the role of SDGs in the development process.
Hon’ble MLAs present in the Interaction actively participated in the Technical Sessions.