Chairman Senate takes notice of wrong reply to starred question
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani on Tuesday took notice of wrong reply to a starred question related to Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and forwarded the matter to the Senate Committee on Privileges for action against responsible officials.
PPPP Senator Farhat Ullah Babar sponsored a question related to CAA which was taken up by the House today. He sought details of names, educational qualifications, date of appointments and place of domiciles of the persons working as Air Room Fighters in Civil Aviation Authority’s Headquarter, Karachi. In the second part of this question, he asked whether it is a fact that the salaries of a number of the said persons have been stopped, if so, their names and reasons for stoppage of salary in each case.
In last part, he further inquired whether any inquiry has been conducted in the cases of stoppage of the salaries of the said persons, if so, the details thereof in each case and if not, the reasons thereof indicating also the time by which they will be paid their salaries.
The reply was submitted and names, educational/qualification date of appointment and place of domicile in respect of persons working as Aerodrome Fire Fighters at Headquarters CAA and Jinnah International Airport were provided to the House. It was further told that none of the person’s salary is stopped and no inquiry is conducted as salary of none of Aerodrome Fire Fighterat Headquarter CAA, and JIAP, Karachi is stopped.
The reply did not satisfy the mover Farhat Ullah Babar who contradicted it and presented a letter as a proof, showing the stoppage of salary of employees. In response, the Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani referred the matter to Senate Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges for action against responsible officials.
Meanwhile, the House passed the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Bill, 2016 with an amendment. The amendment proposed by the Opposition Leader Ch. Aitzaz Ahsan was about implementation of this law with immediate effect which was passed by the House with majority vote. Eighteen lawmakers voted in favor of this amendment while 16 voted against it.
Chairman Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah presented 12th follow up report of the Committee regarding proposed “conversion of 1400 acres land of National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC) / Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) by the Capita Development Authority into residential/commercial plots”.
The House debated an Adjournment Motion (AM) regarding the new amnesty scheme under consideration of the Government. PTI lawmaker Azam Swati, MQM lawmaker Tahir Hussain Mashhadi and Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid spoke on it.
The Chair rejected two AMs about plea bargain deal of NAB and special hunting permits to the Qatri Princes for hunting of Houbara Bustard as both issues had been already discussed in the House through various parliamentary interventions.
Another AM was dropped due to absence of its mover which was about decision of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) to extend the imposition of ten paisa per unit surcharge for another one and half year for Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project.
Following motions under Rule 194(1), the House gave extension of 30 days to present report on a point of public importance regarding the violation of Fundamental Rights of Transgender Community in the country and starred question regarding the Bhara Kahu Housing Scheme for Government Employees.
The House took up two Calling Attention Notices regarding statement of the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs about Dr. Shakeel Afridi and the out of turn allotment of plots by the Federal Government Employees Housing Foundation (FGEHF) to sixty officers of the Islamabad Police and the District Administration.
Twenty out of 37Starred Questions appearing on the agenda were taken up. In addition, lawmakers asked 30 Supplementary Questions
Later, the House was adjourned to meet again on Wednesday.