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TIB: Quorum crisis in 10th parliament causes Tk163cr loss

  • Published at 02:35 pm August 28th, 2019
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TIB officials present their report titled 'Parliament Watch' at its head office in Dhaka on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The last parliament used only 12% of its time in formulating law

The quorum crisis in the 10th national parliament has caused a financial loss equivalent to more than Tk163.57 crore, said a study of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB).

Moreover, though law formulation is the main purpose of the parliament, the last parliament used only 12% of its total time on this purpose, the study said.

TIB came up with the statistic in their report title “Parliament Watch” at a press conference in its Dhaka head office on Wednesday.

Additionally, peoples' representation and accountability related discussions got 60% of the total time while the budget discussion got 24%.The parliament spent its remaining 4% of time on other purposes.

A total of 193 bills were passed in the last parliament while it took only 31 minutes on average from placing a bill to pass as law.

The quorum crisis in 23 sessions of the previous parliament was approximately 198.30 hours, which is equivalent to Tk163.57 crore loss. 

On every working day, 28 minutes were misused which is 12% of the total allotted time for the day. 

TIB report also said 59% of parliament members were from the business community while 13% lawyer, 7% were politicians and 21% from other professions.

The report was prepared based on data collected from January 2014 to October 2018.

Nihar Ranjan Roy and Morsheda Akter, two deputy program managers of TIB, presented the report.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman, Trustee Board Chairperson Advocate Sultana Kamal, Director Mohammad Rafiqul Hasan, Executive Management Adviser Dr Sumaya Khair, and Program Manager (research and policy) Juliet Rossetete were also present in the press conference.