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Sindh Assembly initiates pre-budget debate

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Published: April 25, 2016 05:32 pm

Sindh Assembly - Parliament Files

ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh on Monday started discussion on financial matters of the province prior to upcoming annual budget 2016-2017.

During 12th sitting of its ongoing 24th session, the Provincial Minister for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah started pre-budget discussion in the House by making the introductory speech to highlight the salient features of the upcomingbudget that consumed 21 minutes of the proceeding. Furthermore, MQM lawmaker Sardar Ahmad PTI lawmkers Samar Ali Khan also participated in debate and spoke for 14 minutes and four minutes respectively.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Finance also presented the Quarterly Report on Receipts of the Province, Current Revenue, Capital and Development Expenditures from January to March 2016. The members belonging to opposition benchessought more time to review the report and to hold detailed discussion on it during upcoming sittings which was accepted by the Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza.

Earlier, the sitting started 90 minutes behind its schedule time with 38 lawmakers (24%) present at the outset and 53 (33%) at the end of the sitting. The Deputy Speaker presided the sitting while the Speaker remained absent. The Leader of the Opposition Khawaja Izhar ul Hassan remained present for 57 minutes while the Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah was absent. The Parliamentary Leaders of PPPP, MQM, PML-N and PTI remained present during the sitting. Only one minority member attended the sitting while three members applied for leave.

The lawmakers spoke on ten Points of Order (POs) consuming 13 minutes of the proceeding. Most of the POs were responded to by the Finance Minister. The Deputy Speaker adjourned the House to meet again on April 26, 2016 (Tuesday).

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