Seven bills passed
LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly, in the absence of opposition members who staged a boycott of the proceedings, passed seven bills during the Wednesday session.
Taking the opposition’s absence as an opportunity, Deputy Speaker Rana Mashhood Ahmed Khan, who was in the chair, swiftly ran the business regarding passage of bills presented by Rana Sanaullah.
The house passed The Trusts (Amendments) Bill 2011, The Transfer of Property (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Partition (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Employment of Children (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Employment (Record of Services) (Amendment) Bill 2011, The Punjab Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (Amendment) Bill 2011, and The Punjab Holy Quran (Printing and Recording) Bill 2011.
The law minister introduced four bills, which were referred to relevant standing committees of the house.
These bills included The Lahore Ring Road Authority Bill 2011, which was referred to standing committee on communication and works, while, The Antiquities (Amendment) Bill 2011 was referred to standing committee on culture and youth affairs.
Two other bills which were referred to the standing committee on social welfare, women development and Baitul Maal, included The Disabled Persons (Employment and Rehabilitation) (Amendment) Bill 2011, and The Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies (Registration and Control) (Amendment) Bill 2011.
The chair also directed the relevant committees to present their reports in this regard by April 30.
Earlier, MPA Advocate Raja Hanif Abbasi presented a standing committee on law and parliamentary affairs report, MPA Rana Muhammad Afzal presented a report of special committee, MPA Muhammad Naeem Akhtar presented a report of standing committee on revenue, MPA Sakina Shaheen Wattoo presented a report of standing committee on housing, urban and rural development and MPA Abdur Razzaq sought extension in a special committee report, which was granted by the House.
The deputy speaker adjourned the session for Thursday (today).