By Hemanta Pande: Dambaru Sisa, the first MLA from the particularly vulnerable tribal group—“Bonda Community” of Odisha, has been invited to attend the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) on the topic ‘USA Government for young Political Leaders’ to be held in the USA in May this year.
The US Consulate General has invited Sisa to attend the event, which attracts around 5,000 international delegations every year. The participants will receive exposure to the distribution of political power, the independent role and interaction of three key f branches of Government such as legislative, political and judicial system of the USA along with other important issues.
While talking to ONI, 34 year old BJD MLA said, “It is certainly a great moment for me as well as the people my constituency in general and Bonda community in particular to get an invitation in order to participate in such a global event”.
“I will learn about the US foreign policy towards South Asia, and understand the vitality of the Indian-American community, as well as US Constitutional guarantees protecting civil liberties. I will personally draw attention about the development in education, information technology, modern electrification in Malkangiri district and the lifestyle of Bonda Community,” he added.
The young tribal leader also thanked Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the people of Chitrakonda constituency for their support and blessings on his political activities to serve the people.
The MLA is scheduled to stay in the USA from May 9 to 28. Apart from Washington, he will visit other cities to observe the democracy, governance and diverse culture of the USA.
The IVLP is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Many key members of Indian political system have participated in this programme in the past, including Members of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies of various states.