Governance remains the most favorite legislative subject of Punjab Assembly
ISLAMABAD: The 16th Punjab Assembly has passed 137 government bills during 25 sessions held between June 1, 2013 and December 5, 2016, mainly focusing on Governance, Education, Elections and Human Rights. During three and half year’s long tenure of Punjab Assembly, governance remained a prevailing theme of the legislation.
The House passed 34 government bills focusing on improving infrastructure in various cities, registration of vehicles, land issues, maintenance of public order, control on arms trade by making rules to regulate it and regulation of marriage functions and other related ceremonies.
The other favorite legislative area of the current Assembly is Education. The House passed 22 bills related to establishing educational institutions, including universities in various districts of the province and bringing further reforms to them, setting up Punjab Higher Education Commission and Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board. Legislation was also done on effective management of privately managed educational institutions and regulating fee structure by amending the Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance, 1984.
Moreover, the House also legislated for reforms in the election process with main focus on delimitation issues and establishment of an elected local government to promote good governance through institutionalized participation of the people at local level. The Assembly passed 15 bills which were related to local government and empowering them to sell immovable property after prior approval of the government and through public auction.
Twelve government bills were passed with main focus on Human Rights. These bills were related to the protection of rights of women, laborers and children and freedom of expression. A bill – the Punjab Muslim Family Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015 – was passed to protect women from exploitation and providing them with expeditious resolution of family disputes.
Economy has been another important theme of 16th Assembly legislation. The House passed 10 bills, of these, nine were related to amendments. These bills were regarding taxation corporatization, trade and revenue activities.
Additionally, seven passed bills were directly linked to law and order situation in the province. These were regarding reforms in policing affairs, establishment of Provincial Security Council and Punjab Strategic Coordination Board to counter terrorism, registration of tenants, formulation of vigilance committees and to redress the hardships faced by civilian victims of terror and their families.
The remaining passed legislative proposals were related to the subjects, including Health and Food (6 each), Livestock, Budget and Employees issues (5 each), Judiciary (4), Overseas (2), Culture, Forestation, Transport, Justice System and Freedom of Expression (one each).