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RS adjourned over diversion of SC/ST funds for CWG

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.



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 guidelines.

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 12:00 noon.

PTI

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