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`Parliamentarians must address issues of deprived sections'

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Hyderabad , Nov. 21

The Hyderabad Agenda of Commonwealth Parliamentarians Association (CPS) has called for efforts to take up the task of addressing the legitimate aspirations of the deprived sections of society by using different mechanisms provided by Parliamentary democracy.

Addressing the valedictory at the first India and Asia Regions CPA Conference here on Saturday, Mr Sardar Charnjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, said several Commonwealth countries suffered from poverty, deprivation and malnutrition.

"It is a sad commentary on claims of development and economic and technological prowess," he said.

Parliamentarians could not absolve themselves and abdicate their social and political responsibilities, he said.

He said progress made with regard to issues discussed in the `Hyderabad Agenda' should be reviewed from time to time.

The Deputy Speaker said it was high time to take serious note of miseries of the masses. He warned that they posed a threat to peace and democracy.

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