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Lok Sabha adjourns due to lack of quorum


Press Trust of India New Delhi
Within a fortnight of convening of the 17th Lok Sabha, the business of the House on Friday collapsed due to lack of quorum minutes before it was scheduled to end.
The issue of quorum was raised by AAP member Bhagwant Mann during a discussion on a private member resolution regarding water scarcity and Ken-Betwa river-linking project.
Mann raised the issue of quorum around 5:45 pm when Jagdambika Pal (BJP) was speaking on the resolution.
Raising the quorum issue, Mann said he was also objecting to absence of opposition members in the House and lesser numbers on the treasury benches.
The presence of at least 10 per cent of the total strength of House or about 55 members constitutes the quorum.
Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the Chair, halted the proceedings of the House and ordered ringing of the quorum bell.
Following this, some MPs came to the House but not in enough numbers to complete the quorum compelling the Chair to adjourn the House around 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled time of 6 pm.
The discussion on the resolution moved by Pushpendra Singh Chandel will continue next week.
Earlier participating in the discussion, Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma (BJP) said farmers of Bundelkhand are forced to leave farming and migrate to cities for work due to shortage of water.
Due to lack of irrigation facility, farmers are unable to do farming despite having their own land.
The government should also initiate steps for replenishing dams to overcome the problems of water scarcity and practise of 'Anna Pratha' in the region, he said.
'Anna Pratha' refers to the practice of farmers freeing their cows to graze in open fields in times of scarcity of water and fodder, he said.
Adhir Rajan Chowdhury (Cong)

said the government should come out with a comprehensive plan to deal with water shortage which has aggravated in the last few decades.
He also suggested that the government think of an alternative to deal with the rising number of stray cattle destroying crops.
With regard to inter-linking of river, he said, intention is noble but difficult to implement as there are acrimony between states over the issue.
The government should find ways to deal with the differences among states over the issue and also examine ecological imbalance that it may create, he said.
There are examples where the linking of rivers have failed, he said.

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First Published: Jun 28 2019 | 7:00 PM IST

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