16 AMs remain unaddressed during last two sessions of Sindh Assembly
ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh failed to admit as many as 16 Adjournment Motions (AM) for discussion which were sponsored by Opposition lawmakers mostly because of absence of their movers during 27th and 28th session of the House.
According to details, a total of eight AMs appeared on the list of business of the House during 27th session of which the Speaker termed two motions as ‘Out of Order’ after these were opposed by the government. Six other motions remained unaddressed due to the absence of their movers of which three were sponsored by MQM lawmakers followed by PML-F (two) and PTI (one). The AMs not taken up by the House dealt with reluctance of Lakhi Ghulam Shah police station District Shikarpur to register FIR against the culprits involved in rape of a ten year old girl; contaminated drinking water for residents of Hyderabad; fear of clogged drains in the province due to rains; deaths of several people due to rain in Karachi and Hyderabad; use of illegal weapons in Sindh province, lack of facilities to drain out rainwater from various areas of Hyderabad and failure of government in providing drainage facilitates to run out rainwater from districts Hyderabad.
According to Rule 85 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Sindh Assembly, any member may move a motion for an adjournment of the business of the House for the purpose of discussion on a definite matter of an urgent public importance with the consent of the Speaker. The Speaker decides the admissibility of motion and after which the mover have to ask for leave to move the motion and once the permission is granted he may speak for not more than ten minutes on the subject of the motion. The Minister or the concerned Parliamentary Secretary may speaker for twenty minutes. Once the discussion concluded, the contents of the debated adjournment motion shall be forwarded to the Cabinet for consideration, through a substantive motion.
Similarly, eight AMs appeared on the agenda of the House during the 28th session. The House rejected five motions and two motions were withdrawn by the movers after assurance given by the government while remaining one motion was not taken up by the House. PTI and PML-F lawmakers sponsored six and two Adjournment Motions, respectively. These AMs were about funding requirements for Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC); issues related to Gorakh Hill Station; Pre-Entry Test for admission in universities of province, scheduled on the occasion of Dewali; presence of ghost hospitals in province and lack of health facilities; private schools charging exorbitant fees from students; recruitment in government departments of Sindh; corruption and embezzlement in advertisements funded by Sindh government and share of Karachiites in the recruitment for Sindh.