Tuesday, August 3, 2010

[ZESTCaste] RS adjourns twice on alleged diversion of SC/ST funds for CWG



RS adjourns twice on alleged diversion of SC/ST funds for CWG
PTI, Aug 3, 2010, 12.11pm IST

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during the Question
Hour after opposition parties led by BSP disrupted proceedings over
alleged diversion of SC/ST funds by the Delhi government for
Commonwealth Games.

Immediately after obituary reference, BSP members were up on their
feet to raise the issue of alleged diversion of funds as was revealed
in reply to an RTI query.

BSP leader Satish Chandra Mishra said he has given a notice for
suspension of Question Hour to discuss the issue. He was supported by
Left parties and members of BJP who too wanted a discussion.

A recent query by a Right to Information activist showed that the
Delhi government diverted Rs 744 crore from Special Component Plan for
SC/ST to Games projects, thereby flouting Planning Commission

Chairman Hamid Ansari asked members not to disrupt the Question Hour
and take up the issue through a call attention notice.

"This is incorrect," Ansari said before adjourning the House for 10 minutes.

When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed. "Please
give a call attention notice... please don't disrupt proceedings,"
Ansari said even as members continued to raise the issue.

"The Chair appreciates the concern you want to raise," he said asking
opposition members to give notice for a structured debate to which the
government can reply. "Please give a call attention notice and it will
be admitted."

The unrelenting opposition members wanted the Chairman to fix a time
for the debate.

Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley said it was a very important
issue and the government should take instructions from the Chair on
replying to the concerns. "Please fix discussion on the issue
immediately," he demanded.

Ansari, however, said he can fix time only after discussion with the
business advisory committee of the House. "This is Question Hour. I am
bound by it. I cannot waive it," he said, even as repeated pleas were
made for suspension of Question Hour.

Sitaram Yechuri (CPI-M) said the Left parties want discussion on the
issue this week itself.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan said the
opposition parties should give a calling attention notice and the
government will reply.

This however did not pacify the agitated members who continued raising
the issue, forcing Ansari to adjourn the House till 1200 noon.

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