Parliament to have own TV channel
ISLAMABAD: The Senate Finance Committee okayed a proposal to set up a parliamentary TV channel to ensure free flow of information and to keep general public aware of the elected representatives’ activities of in the House.
The meeting, chaired by Chairman Senate Mohammadmian Soomro, said the channel would also telecast the proceedings of the House and its committees. The Senate Finance Committee constituted a subcommittee under Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed to formulate viable proposals for setting up the channel.
Earlier, Chairman Senate underscored the need to accord highest consideration to propriety and inculcating financial discipline while spending money from the public exchequer. “Being a developing country with limited resources, the best course of action available to us is to continue treading the path of prudence and propriety in financial matters while striving for even greater economy and transparency,” he said. “All out efforts have been taken to ensure that every single rupee being spent is justified and is within the authorised limits.”
The committee, while giving its unanimous approval to the miscellaneous expenditures incurred by the Senate Secretariat on various accounts, appreciated the role played by the chairman in ensuring strict financial discipline. It was pointed out by members of the committee that the Senate Secretariat has moved on to the path of financial discipline over the years and kept the expenditures well within the financial allocations; thereby setting up an example worth emulating.
The committee also lauded the steps taken by Senate Secretariat to impart technical and professional training to its employees for their capacity building and for improving their efficiency. It unanimously approved the revised budget estimates for 2006-07 and budget estimates for 2007-08 for the Senate of Pakistan.
The committee approved the recommendations of its subcommittee, headed by Senator Razina Alam Khan, which proposed certain incentives for cadre/ex-cadre posts. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairman Senate Jan Muhammad Khan Jamali, Minister for Local Government and Rural Development Justice (retd) Abdul Razzaq A Thahim, Senators Mushahid Husain Sayed, Muhammad Azam Khan Swati and Razina Alam Khan, Secretary Senate Raja Muhammad Amin and Additional Secretary Finance.
Source: The News