The statues were shifted to the Parliament premises after consultation with stakeholders: Birla

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New Delhi. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Sunday said that after consultations with various stakeholders, the statues of freedom fighters and national symbols located in the Parliament complex have been shifted to a new complex ‘Prerna Sthal’ in the complex itself. He said that the statues have been shifted as part of the beautification exercise. Birla told reporters here that discussions are held from time to time with various stakeholders on the relocation of statues, as such decisions fall under the jurisdiction of the Lok Sabha Speaker’s office.

When asked about the opposition’s criticism of the shifting of the statues, he said, “No statue has been removed, they have been installed at another place. There is no need to do politics on this.” He said, “From time to time I have been discussing these issues with various stakeholders. People believed that keeping these statues at one place would help in better dissemination of information about their lives and achievements.” The statues of Mahatma Gandhi and BR Ambedkar were earlier located at prominent places in the Parliament complex, where opposition leaders used to gather to protest against the government.
Birla said Prerna Sthal will remain open for visitors throughout the year and will organise commemoration days to honour the contribution of leaders in nation building.

The Lok Sabha Speaker said, “An action plan has been prepared to convey the life stories and messages of these great Indians to the visitors through new technology.” Birla said that during the construction of the new Parliament building, the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Motilal Nehru and Chaudhary Devi Lal were moved to other places within the complex. He said that lawns and gardens have been created around the statues at Prerna Sthal, so that visitors can easily pay tribute to them and get inspiration from their lives by getting information using QR codes.

When asked about the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) taking over the responsibility of security of the entire Parliament complex, Birla said that this was done so that the accountability of one agency could be fixed. He said that earlier the Parliament Security Service, Delhi Police and Central Reserve Police Force were responsible for the security of the Parliament complex and there were some similarities in responsibilities.

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