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Public departments’ mostly defying authority of Punjab Assembly

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Published: June 1, 2016 06:15 pm

Punjab Assembly Resolutions

ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Punjab has failed to ensure implementation on its resolutions adopted by the House during its third parliamentary year from June 10, 2015 to May 26, 2016.

The provincial assembly forwarded 43 resolutions after being adopted by the House to relevant departments for their implementations. The House also sought details of action taken on it of which only two departments submitted their reply to the assembly.

FAFEN sought details from the Punjab Assembly about action taken by concerned departments on resolutions adopted by the House and their implementation under Rule 126(1) and 126(2) of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Punjab Assembly. The certified information provided by the Public Information Officer of the Punjab Assembly revealed that only two federal departments – Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs – submitted their replies on the implementation of resolutions passed by the House during its third parliamentary year. The replies on 41 resolutions have not been submitted so far to the House by the relevant departments.

The first resolution responded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was adopted by the House on June 10, 2015 which was tabled by PTI lawmaker Mian Muhammad Aslam Iqbal. The House condemned the claim of Indian support in separation of East Pakistan by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded effective strategy to counter Indian plan creating disturbance in the region.

Another resolution tabled by PML-N female lawmaker Azma Zahid Bukhari was adopted by the provincial assembly on February 23, 2016. It demanded federal government to prohibit the reenactment and dramatization of crime programs on electronic media. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) took serious actions in this regard. They held two meetings and ensured implementation of media laws and Code of Conduct in true spirit. A committee was also formed to highlight the harmful content of reenactment programs.

According to the information available at Punjab Assembly website, the House has received 550 resolutions of which 201 were admitted and placed on the list of business of the House during its third parliamentary year. However, the provincial legislator adopted 56 resolutions during this period.

In all, the current (16th) Assembly of Punjab received 1590 notices of resolutions during its three parliamentary years of which 570 were admitted while the House passed 150 resolutions during this tenure.

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