PROCEDURES FOR MEETINGS

Neighbourhood Level

 

    Invocation

     

    Neighbourhood Parliaments of Children (NPCs) would reflect the neighbourhood. A neighbourhood is bound to have people who follow various religious and faith traditions. Being sensitive to the situation, all prayers should be of common nature. Prayers songs selected for use during the meetings too must be common ones which will have no attributes of a particular religion.

     

    Nomination of the President or Speaker

     

    A presiding officer is nominated by the Prime Minister for every session. This will give him or her an opportunity to exercise the leadership in conducting a meeting. He or she will function as a speaker in the assembly of the state or the parliament of the nation.

 

 

    1. Welcome Address

      Welcome address must be short not longer than 2 or 3 minutes. A custom may be created whereby the opportunity may be given to each member by turns.

       

    1. Roll Call
    2. Roll call is taken by the Deputy Prime Minister or Deputy Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.

       

    3. Presenting the Report
    4. The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs (Secretary) will read out the previous meeting’s minutes.

       

    5. Passing of the Report
    6. The Speaker should ask the house if there is any thing to be added or corrected in the report. The members now have a chance to respond. After corrections, deletions and additions are made, the speaker proposes the passing of the report. The members will second the suggestion and the speaker can rule the report as passed and adopted. Speaker will attach his signature to the report.

       

    7. Follow-up of the Report
    8. The speaker takes up item by item the decisions taken in the previous meeting as reported by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and asks if they are implemented. To which each minister concerned and the members respond.

       

    9. Finance Minister’s Report
    10. The Finance Minister presents the accounts.

       

    11. Passing of the Finance Report
    12. The speaker now asks the house to pass the Finance Report as described above in the case of the Report of the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs.

       

    13. Input session or formation session.
    14. Some theme or issue will be taken up for discussion every week. The theme can be taken from this handbook or from any other source material. Such sessions can be conducted either by one of the children who has done the preparation for it, or by another competent guide in the field of neighbourhood parliaments, who would be informed of it well in advance.

       

    15. Group SongDiscussion on the themeReport of the Ministers
    16. Ministers of various concerns can present reports that may include the status and needs of their respective concerns. It is not necessary that all ministers should talk at every meeting.

       

    17. Jokes, riddles, singing, dance, etc
    18. These items can take place between the reports of the ministers. That would give a bit of respite from the monotony of reports and speeches. All entertainments should not be ex-tempore. The participants can volunteer during the previous meeting and must come prepared.

       

    19. General Knowledge Session
    20. This session may be conducted as a quiz programme without competition.

       

    21. Useful Information
    22. The children could come prepared to share useful information gathered from various sources like, newspaper, books, children’s periodicals and reviews, television, radio etc.

       

    23. Collection of Subscription Group Games Compiling of decisions, writing of petitions if any. Vote of Thanks.
    24. Anthem

    (It is not necessary that all the above should be followed in the order given nor is it necessary to complete all the above items in one meeting. According to the needs and circumstance, a few of the items can be omitted and new items if called for can be included).

     

    The Structure of the Sessions

    A circular form of sitting must be followed. When seated in a circle, every member can see everyone else face to face. Such a seating arrangement will ensure that all members have equal chance for interaction and participation. If chairs are given, all should have a chair each to sit or else all must sit together in a circle on the floor. This is meant to ensure equality. No special sitting arrangement is provided for the speaker, the Prime Minister or any other Minister.

    If grown-ups i.e. those who are above 18 years take part in the meeting, as visitors or guests they also should sit along with the members in the same equal order. In case someone is unable to sit the way the children are seated, they may be given a chair.

Contact Information

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