Country is witnessing financial emergency, says Ghulam Nabi Azad
The leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "The government employees and pensioners are not getting their salaries. I want to know from the government if there is a financial emergency."
While the opposition parties today continued their protest against the government in Rajya Sabha over the issues due to cash crunch following demonetization.
Opposition party members including Congress, BSP, SP and TMC raised slogans demanding the government's reply on the problems faced by employees and pensioners. It forced Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the proceedings till noon and again after lunch similar scenes are continuing.
Soon after the Upper House started its proceedings, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said: "The government employees and pensioners are not getting their salaries. I want to know from the government if there is a financial emergency."
He said there is no cash in ATMs located even in the Parliament complex. "When we are not getting money from ATMs in Parliament, how do we expect it outside? It seems there is a financial emergency."
Admitting that it is a serious issue, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien called members to resume the discussion on demonetization.
"I am agreeing that you are raising an important and serious issue. It is for the government to reply. You start a discussion. If all of you shout, what is the benefit? The only remedy is the discussion," he said.
But Opposition members trooped into the Well raising slogans, "give the money that belongs to people", "Come to your senses, PM come to the House."
Amidst the protest, Kurien said: "You want a solution to the problem, then go back and raise the issue. Then the government will reply. This is not the way. There is anarchy in the House. I am not going to adjourn. Slogan shouting is no solution. You will get certain headlines in newspapers and nothing more. I will not adjourn."
In between the protest, the Chairman adjourned the House till 14.00 hours.