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Punjab Assembly passes seven bills in 25th session

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Published: December 8, 2016 05:04 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Punjab Assembly took up heavy legislative agenda despite low attendance as well as interest of lawmakers in its 25th session and  passed seven government bills.

Eight bills sponsored by the government and one private member’s bill appeared on the list of business. Of these, seven government bills were passed which included the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Punjab Local Government (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Forman Christian College Lahore (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill 2016; the Parks and Horticulture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016; the Punjab Halal Development Agency Bill, 2016 and the Punjab Animals Feed Stuff and Compound Feed Bill, 2016. The only government bill introduced in the House was the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

The Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2016 aims to amend the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, 2001 and empowers the local governments to sell the immovable property through public auction and after prior approval of the Government. To safeguard the interests of the occupants, it is proposed that the occupant, who clears all the outstanding dues, shall have the first right of refusal.

The Punjab Local Government (Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2016 seeks to amend the Punjab Local Government Act 2013 and also empowers the local governments to sell the immovable property through public auction and after prior approval of the Government. To safeguard the interests of the occupants, it is proposed that the occupant, who clears all the outstanding dues, shall have the first right of refusal..

The Forman Christian College Lahore (amendment) Bill 2016 aims to amend the Forman Christian College Lahore Act, 2004 by incorporating amendments enabling the Forman Christian College to obtain foreign accreditation. The administration of the Forman Christian College submitted a request to the Government for amendments in the charter of the College keeping in view the requirements of accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in the USA. The amendments proposed by the administration of FC College were thoroughly deliberated keeping in view the best interest of the students of the institution and various amendments were agreed to in the series of meetings with the College administration for obtaining foreign accreditation.

The Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers) (Amendment) Bill 2016 suggests to amend the Punjab Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions and Powers) Act 2006 to clarify provisions relating to superintendence, administration and conduct of Prosecutors; and, for other purposes.The Prosecutor General shall, with the prior approval of Government, issue a code of conduct for the Prosecutors.

The Parks and Horticulture Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016 aims to preserve the trees at public land and to provide specific penalty for illegal cutting of trees. For the purpose, while permitting the necessary trimming, the illegal cutting of trees is proposed to be liable to punishment  up to fifteen days of imprisonment but which shall not be less than three days imprisonment and fine up to two hundred thousand rupees but which shall not less than twenty thousand rupees.

The Punjab Halal Development Agency Bill, 2016 has the purpose to establish the Punjab Halal Development Agency in the Punjab for promotion of the trade of halal food and non-food products so that halal processes for the trade, commerce and industry may be regulated in the Province. The proposed Agency shall inter alia implement uniform Halal Standards and directions of the Pakistan Halal Authority, a Federal Authority established under the Pakistan Halal Authority Act, 2016.

The Punjab Animals Feed Stuff and Compound Feed Bill, 2016 has seeks to regulate poultry production activities in the Punjab. It will assist to regulate the manufacture, storage, supply, transport for sale and marketing of feed stuff and compound feed in the Province of the Punjab; to ensure standards of production and quality of feed stuff; to check adulteration and misbranding of poultry and livestock feed stuff and compound feed ingredients; and, to deal with ancillary matters.

Two Ordinances presented in the House included the Punjab Land Records Authority Ordinance, 2016 and the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016. One private member’s bill – the Punjab Land Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 2016 – was not taken up by the House.

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