The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Professor P.J.Kurien, has been unanimously elected the chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) today in Bangkok.
He succeeds Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, former Japanese prime minister, in this position.
Kurien was elected during the 73rd executive committee meeting of the AFPPD.
The AFPPD, which was established in 1981, is a regional non-governmental organization which serves as a coordinating body of twenty five National Committees of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. Indian Parliamentarians have actively contributed to AFPPD activities.
AFPPD membership and programmes have increased multi-fold over the years. It currently has twenty-five National Committees and has full-time office support in Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Lao
Kurien is also the Chairman of the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development. (ANI)