Shimla, May 8
Shimla, the queen of hills, may become the venue with other cities in India to host the G20 summit next year.
A meeting was held at Rozna Hall in Shimla. It was presided over by Deputy Commissioner Shimla Aditya Negi on Thursday along with a delegation of officials of the Indian External affairs ministry, which was in the town to evaluate if the heritage town could be a suitable venue for the summit in 2023. The Deputy Commissioner informed that India is hosting the G-20 summit in 2023; however, pros and corn or merits and demerits were discussed in the meeting. It was also suggested by the members to make the town an auxiliary venue where officials of the G-20 could hold meetings. Indian External affairs ministry is trying to rope in every state and every single major city of the country during the summit.
The minutes of the meeting discussed here are to be further analysed by the central government to take a final call on the role of Shimla in the G20.
It has been informed through sources enthused by the plan of an international event of such strata; the DC has assured the Ministry of External Affairs of every effort to live up to the expectation required for hosting such an event.
Pertinent to mention that Shimla is a historical place where Mahatma Gandhi visited seven to eight times to attend various pre-independence and freedom struggle meetings held between Indian National Congress and Britishers. Also, the Simla Agreement was signed here between India and Pakistan on 2 July 1972 by Former Prime minister Indira Gandhi and Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.