Nagpur: Former Member of Parliament and former Minister of State of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India Vilas Muttemwar was unanimously elected as the new Secretary General of the Association of Former Members of Parliament on April 10, 2015.
MP Shyam Sunder Lal of 6th Lok Sabha, Affiliated to Janata Party of Bayana (Rajasthan) Lok Sabha Constituency has been reelected as the President of Association of Former Members of Parliament.
This Association of Former Members of Parliament consists of 4500 Former Members of Parliament (MPs), Former Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers and Governors. Some of the illustrious members include Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, Former Chief Ministers like Sushil Kumar Shinde, Ashok Gehlot, Prithviraj Chavan etc.
This body provides a platform for Former Members of Parliament to express their views, to address their concerns and issues related to Former Members of Parliament.
While speaking exclusively with Nagpur Today, Former MP Vilas Muttemwar said that he will uphold the trust bestowed on him by the members of the Association. He claimed to work diligently for the welfare of the members of the Association and to undertake many new programmes which utilizes to the optimum the enormous experience and knowledge gained whilst being an MP.
The Association of Former Members of Parliament:
Having a career as a Member of Parliament is rewarding and very interesting but for so many a very precarious occupation. It was no surprise to a former Member of Parliament has found themselves not only out of office but out of touch with friends and colleagues with whom they had worked with on a daily basis for many years.
Apart from all the problems that so many people have to deal with when suddenly becoming unemployed, being out of touch with your friends was a real blow. This Association aims to help everyone keep in touch with one another.
With the enormous experience and knowledge gained whilst being an MP, the former MPs wanted very much to use this for the benefit of the community. One of the projects that they have is an outreach programme with former MPs visiting and speaking at universities, academies, schools and voluntary groups to give a clear idea as to how our Parliament and our democracy works. This is proving very useful and they are working on expanding our programme.