NWFP PA passes 17 bills in second parliamentary year
By Khalid Kheshgi
PESHAWAR: The NWFP Assembly, which will complete its second parliamentary year on March 27, passed 17 bills in its three sessions, all convened by the treasury benches.
The fourth session of the current parliamentary year of Frontier Assembly has been convened by the government for special legislation on March 25.
After the last general elections, the assembly members had taken oath on March 27, 2008 and elected speaker and deputy speaker unopposed. Six of the Frontier Assembly members died during this period, three in first parliamentary year and three in the current year.
According to information obtained from provincial assembly secretariat, the first session, which was a budget session, lasted seven days; the second continued for 16 days while the third session, held always in the evenings, was spread over 48 days. The assembly session were adjourned six times for lack of quorum and once for faulty sound system during the outgoing parliamentary year.
Three out of the 17 bills passed in the current parliamentary year had been moved by private members while the rest were tabled by the government. The bills introduced by the government included the Finance Bill for 2009-2010; Establishment of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan; Abasin University Bill; Citizens Immovable Property Tax; Local Government (amendment) Bill; Employees (Regularization of Services) Bill; Paraplegic Bill; Establishment of provincial Women Commission Bill; Bank of Khyber (Amendment) Bill; Public Service Commission Bill; Defence Housing Authority Bill; Local Government (amendment) Bill; Service tribunal bill and Autonomous Health Regulatory Bill. The Private Member Bills moved by ANP MPA Saqibullah Khan Chamkani were adopted by the House.
Twelve resolutions including the one expressing confidence in President Asif Ali Zardari were passed when the Assembly rules were relaxed by the House. A total of 84 resolutions were presented on Private Members Day during the second parliamentary year. A total of 374 questions relating to different departments were presented in the House, of which 215 were answered; 92 lapsed, while 27 were referred to the standing committees; 31 were deferred while six were approved for general debate under the Rule 48 of the Assembly business.
Out of 17 privileged motions 12 were referred to the House Privileged Committee while 33 Adjournment Motions were tabled in the House, of which 13 were approved for general discussion; three were handed over to committee and one lapsed. Similarly, a total of 57 call attention notices were presented in the House; 50 of them were answered by ministers concerned; four lapsed and three were deferred.
In the second parliamentary year, 14 reports including Auditor General Report and Standing committees Report were tabled in the House of which seven were approved; one pertaining to Standing Committee on Home Affairs was sent back while another on Environment was rejected by the House.
Source: The News