THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Therambil Ramakrishnan on Saturday said his 20-month stint as the Speaker of the 11th Kerala Legislative Assembly had been an extremely fulfilling one to him personally.
"My impression is that I have conducted the business of the House in a fairly satisfactory manner. This was my second stint as the Speaker," he said at a press conference convened in the Assembly complex to express his gratitude to "everyone who had cooperated with him."
The period witnessed several historic events. One such moment was the visit of President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam to the House to address the legislators.
The President had proposed a multi-point agenda to take the State along the path of growth. No Government in future could change the development agenda set for the State by the 11th Legislative Assembly, Mr. Ramakrishnan said.
Statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Jawaharlal Nehru were installed in the Assembly Complex during this period. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh unveiled the statues. The bust of the former President K. R. Narayanan too was installed in the Assembly Complex.
Mr. Ramakrishnan said the library in the State Assembly, with more than 90,000 books, was one of the best legislature libraries in the country. The library was completely computerised.
Three reference books on the State Legislature were published during this period.
The first was on Chief Ministers and Opposition Leaders, the second on Speakers and Deputy Speakers and the third on the members of the legislative bodies in Kerala after and before Independence. These books received wide acclaim as excellent reference works, he said.
Mr. Ramakrishnan said he had also been able to start work on a `legislature museum.'
The museum, when completed, would take the visitors on a trip down the history of the legislative assemblies of Kerala, Kochi State, Malabar and Travancore.