Patna: The visitor’s gallery at the Bihar assembly on Monday saw girls from Maoist-hit Gaya district watching the proceedings with keen interest.
      
The presence of about 20 girl students was due to the efforts of Speaker Uday Narayan Chaudhury to facilitate the visit of maximum 50 students to help them learn about democracy through watching live action in the House.
      
Nisha Kumari, a standard seven student of Ram Manohar Lohia secondary school at Manpur in Gaya district, told reporters that this was her first visit to the assembly and expressed the desire to meet 'Nitish uncle'.
 
Girls across the state are happy with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's initiative to provide them free cycles which they can ride to the school, besides uniforms.

Neeru, a class senior to Nisha, said "I had read a lot of things about functioning of legislature but witnessing members asking question and ministers answering them is an exciting experience." Both girls said they could recognise Kumar and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi as they have seen them on TV a number of times.
      
Another girl Radha Kumari said "We have learnt a lot of things about functioning of democracy in 'Bal Sansad' (children's parliament). But watching the real proceeding gives a clear picture." The visiting students would also be given an opportunity to interact with the MLAs and ministers from their respective areas and would also be provided lunch by the assembly secretariat.

(Agencies)

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