Published On: Wed, Jan 8th, 2014
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NA standing committee approves Surveying, Mapping ordinance 2013

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ISLAMABAD: National Assembly’s standing committee for Defense has approved the Surveying and Mapping ordinance 2013 with majority, despite PTI’s Dr. Shireen Mazari’s objections over two articles.

The committee chaired by Sheikh Raheel Asghar, agreed to rename “Survey of Pakistan” as National Mapping Agency (NMA), which would play its due part in mapping surveying and other related activities.

The ordinance endeavours to ensure the registration of all mapping and surveying companies with NMA, while un-registered companies would not be allowed to carry on their operations.

This ordinance would also ensure establishment of National Special Data Infrastructure of Pakistan (NSDIP), entailing the assistance of other stake holders as well; while mapping needs of Country, once a year would also be ascertained , with due cooperation of government and private ventures , helping economic and developmental projects of Federal and Provincial governments.

The draft of the ordinance was approved by federal government after its approval by the law ministry, due to which the government directed the ministry of defence, Petroleum, and natural resources to modify any requirements, tabling it in National Assembly.

The Bill was scheduled for 11th, 13th and 14th March, it was unanimously approved by the standing committee for Defense on 07th March, without any comprehensive debate, expiring after its validity. However the President of Pakistan, considering its sensitive and important nature promulgated it as an ordinance.

Meanwhile the committee adjourned its cantonment Law Amendment Bill 2013 till its next meeting over late delivery of related documents.
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