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KP Assembly gives nod to Public Services Ordinance 2013

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Published: January 17, 2014 03:48 pm
  • Balochistan PA amends LG law, adopts two resolution

ISLAMABAD: A thinly attended sitting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed the muchhyped KP Right to Public Services Ordinance, 2013 this Wednesday. Introduced three sittings back on January 8, the ordinance smoothly sailed through the legislature without creating much nuisance. With the passage of ordinance, the time-bound provision of the public services is the right of all eligible individuals and entities living and operating in the province.

Earlier last month, the chairman of ruling PTI has unveiled the ordinance in a press briefing and claimed that it would turn around the governance situation in the province as a similar law by Nitish Kumar has done in Bihar state of India. Under the new law, in case of any deficiency in the public service the concerned public officer would be held accountable and would have to compensate the aggrieved party. The citizens can file an appeal with the Appellate Authority Public Services Commission if they are aggrieved by the concerned officers. The Authority will be responsible to dispose of the appeal within thirty days of its receipt and may impose a fine not less than Rs 500 extending up to Rs 25,000 on guilty officer. Meanwhile, the ordinance contains a mechanism to deal with frivolous complaints, as well. An individual filing a false complaint can be fined up to 50,000 rupees.

The law holds the provision to amend or repeal any difficulty arising out while giving effect to the law. Those public officers showing good performance in services delivery would be acknowledged by the government through notifying or publishing their names quarterly in a roll of honor. The government can also prescribe cash rewards to the best performers. The Provincial Assembly also took up two calling attention notices regarding relief efforts in flood-hit areas of Upper Swat and security situation in the province. The special assistant to Chief Minister on higher education introduced four other bills, as well, namely The KP Agriculture Pesticide Bill, 2014, The KP Seeds Bill 2014, The KP Plant Breeders Rights Bill 2014, and The KP Farm Service Centers Bill, 2014.

Balochistan Assembly Proceedings: The Balochistan Assembly passed the Balochistan Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the 2nd sitting of its 7th session, on Wednesday. Additionally, the House adopted two similar resolutions regarding increasing traffic accidents on Quetta-Zhob-Dera Ismail Khan Highway. The Assembly debated an adjournment motion about law and order in the province for 45 minutes while another adjournment motion on the killing of two children in Qalat was also taken up by the House. Five out of 12 Starred Questions (requiring oral as well as written replies) appearing on the agenda were taken up while only one was responded to by the relevant minister. Although the minister was present for the Question Hour, the movers of some questions were absent. As many as 43 MPAs were present at the outset, while 39 were there at theadjournment of the sitting. The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition attended the entire sitting.

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