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NA approves 94 demands for grants

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Published: June 19, 2015 05:34 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly adopted 94 Demands for Grants of different departments on Friday amid low attendance of lawmakers.

The opposition moved cut motions on 49 Demands for Grants for the departments of Communications, Cabinet Division, Water and Power, Food and Agriculture, Petroleum and Natural Resources, Foreign Affairs and Interior, which will be discussed in the next sitting.

The National Assembly began discussion on the Charged Expenditure included in the Demands for Grants and Appropriations for the financial year ending 30th June, 2016. Over 10156.93 billion rupees Charged Expenditure relating to different departments and counts were presented in the House. The opposition lawmakers criticized the Charged Expenditure, and urged the government to control expenditures, reduce loans and fiscal discipline.

The opposition lawmakers demanded timely release of funds by the federal government to the provinces from the divisible pool. Those who took part in the discussion included Dr. Azra Fazal, Dr. Arif Alvi, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Sahibzada Tariqullah, Asif Hasnain, Shazia Mari, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Sher Akbar Khan, Dr. Nafeesa Shah, Shireen Mazari, Amjad Ali Khan and Ghulam Sarwar.

MQM lawmakers walked out of the House for five minutes against the recent statement of Defence Minister.

Thirty-eight members (11%) were present at the start and 75 (22%) at the time of adjournment. A maximum of 140 members (41%) were present during one point of the sitting. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif did not attend the sitting while the Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah attended the proceedings for 137 minutes.

The next sitting of the Lower House will be held on Monday.

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