The maiden session of the Second Youth Parliament was held today at the National Youth Services Council in Maharagama under the patronage of President Rajapaksa.
412 members representing Youth Clubs in operation throughout the country have been elected to the Youth Parliament.
Speaking further, the President Rajapaksa pointed out that the Youth Parliament should be a beacon in building equanimity and reconciliation among Sri Lankans. The President recalled that as the Head of State of this country, he succeeded in achieving peace and freedom enjoyed by the entire nation today, as he placed full trust in the youth.
He emphasized that the present Government consider the youth as the most valuable wealth of the country. Everyone who is aspiring to become leaders in Parliament as well as in any other institution should first build their character. Pointing out that leaders should not at all be drunkards and fraudulent, the President underlined that leaders should always be prepared to heed the advice of everyone and love the country and the nation.
A memento from the Youth Parliamentary group was handed over to the President. The President also launched the official website of the Commonwealth Youth Sessions.
Ministers Dallas Alahapperuma, Gamini Lokuge, Jagath Pushpakumara and Duminda Dissanayake, Deputy Minister Chandrasiri Gajadheera, Education Supervision MP Mohanlal Grero, Parliamentarian A.H.M. Azwer and Chairman of the National Youth Services Council Lalith Piyum Perera were among those who graced the occasion.