Mahfuzur Rahman Manik
Quorum crisis and wastage of resources(13 july FE)
মার্চ 17, 2010

CAN we be proud of our MPs, as we can be of our impressive Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban?

Are our leaders and MPs aware of the expenditure of running a parliament session?

According to a recent TIB report a lot of money has been wasted this year due to the failure of parliament to sit on time for lack of quorum. The daily Prothom Alo wrote that with the money wasted 500,000 poor people could be fed three meals. The TIB report has, however, been strongly contested by the Prime Minister in the Jatiya Sangshad.

It, however, is sad that not even 60 MPs can attend parliament in time for the session to resume. Obviously they are not aware about their responsibility. The opposition is abstaining. The opposition has no more than 35 MPs. And out of over 250 government MPs, why even 60 cannot attend in time is a matter of shame.

It is our habit to be late everywhere, specially in attending office, if we are government employees, whatever the rank. This habit is a great impediment to development. In this context, it has rightly been recommended by the TIB that an MP should automatically lose his membership for not attending parliament for 30 consecutive days, instead of 90 days, the existing stipulation.

Our parliament is ineffective and lifeless due to the absence of the opposition. It is not a good culture for democracy. Democracy requires both the government and the opposition to attend parliament.

We have no right to waste our resources. The government should understand it first.


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