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Senate’s greater role urged in budgetary process

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Published: June 18, 2014 08:59 pm

ISLAMABAD: Showing concerns over the budgetary process, Chairperson of Senate Standing Committee on Finance Nasreen Jalil has demanded legislative changes including making it mandatory to get the approval of the budget from the Upper House.
Presenting the recommendations in the Senate, Nasreen Jalil informed the House that the Committee has formulated 133 proposals after a thorough discussion for 19 hours, adding 129 recommendations are unanimous while four are proposed by individual members. She said the recommendations were finalized during a meeting of the Senate committee which was attended by the heads of 48 departments.
She informed the House that the committee members showed seriousness as they protested and walked out over the absence of the heads of different departments several times. She complained that the bureaucracy remained absent from the committee meetings more than the last year; however, she praised Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal for attending the meetings and responding to the members’ questions.
Nasreen noted that though Pakistan has a bicameral parliamentary system but only the National Assembly can pass the Finance Bill and the governments having majority in the National Assembly faces no problem in getting the budget passed. She said the Senate’s recommendations are not binding and most of them are ignored.
Leader of the House Raza Zafarul Haq appreciated the efforts of Chairperson Standing Committee on Finance on presenting timely report in the Senate. The committee held nine meetings and the recommendations of each Senator were considered by the committee. The Finance Bill 2014 was presented in the National Assembly June 3 by the Minister for Finance and its copy was laid in the Senate the same day.

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