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KP Assembly passes 27 bills in a year

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Published: June 8, 2016 12:17 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa passed 27 bills during its third parliamentary year that comprised four sessions from May 29, 2015 to May 27, 2016.

The House witnessed hefty legislative business during its third parliamentary year as 34 government and four private member bills were introduced in the House. Among them, 24 government and three private member bills were passed while three government bills were laid as an ordinance. Eight government and one private member bills are still pending after being ‘introduced’. Additionally, two government bills were not taken up by the House.

Four private member bills were introduced during the period. Three were passed – proposing amendment in the existing laws – indicating the balance between treasury and opposition benches in terms of opportunities for legislation.

The PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa passed seven new legislations while the House proposed to amend 20 existing laws during the year. Despite Finance bill, the passed legislations were mostly related to the issues of rule of law, citizen’s rights and access to justice, local government, education, health, economy and civil and labour rights.

The House bought up six new legislations during the year other than the Finance Bill 2015, which included the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade Bill, 2015, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Appointment of GAVI Employees Bill, 2016, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lissaail-e-Walmahroom Foundation Bill, 2015, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Foundation Bill, 2016, the Establishment of Civil Mobile Courts Bill, 2015 and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Antiquities Bill, 2016.

In addition to the Finance Bill, 2015, the Assembly approved the legislation for establishment of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Board of Investment and Trade in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to promote and encourage investors help promote economic growth in the country. The Assembly also legislates to regularize the employees working on non-regular basis under Global Alliance of Vaccination and Immunization (GAVI) Project so that they could campaign for immunization without fear of losing their jobs.

The House passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Lissaail-e-Walmahroom Foundation Bill, 2015 that aimed at establishing a foundation for the welfare and financial assistance of the needy and homeless persons, including persons with disability and widows.  Further, the Assembly passed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Foundation Bill, 2016 to establish the health foundation in the province that will encourage health related campaigns and initiatives.

For easy access to justice for all citizens, the Assembly approved the law that provides for the establishment of Civil Mobile Courts in the province, besides providing inexpensive and expeditious disposal of certain claims and disputes.  Keeping in mind the historic and cultural importance of the Pakhtunkhwa region, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly approved the legislation to preserve and maintain antiquities in the province.

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