Sindh Assembly passes seven bills during 29th session
ISLAMABAD: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh passed seven bills, including two important legislative proposals to protect children from underage labor and corporal punishments during 29th session.
Ten bills appeared on the agenda of the House during 29th session that comprised 12 sittings from January 18 to February 2, 2017. The assembly gave approval to seven bills, including five Government and two Private Members’ bills.
The passed legislative proposals included the Sindh Prohibition of Employment of Children Bill, 2017 which prohibits employment or labour of children below 14 years of age. The bill makes child labour a punishable offence with fine and imprisonment. The Sindh Payment of Wages Bill, 2015 aims to protect the rights of workers and regulates the payment of wages to certain classes of persons employed in industries and commercial establishments. The Etihad University Bill, 2017 is about establishing the Etihad University in Karachi to meet the growing needs of the educational institutes for higher education in the province.
The Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill, 2015 prohibits physical and mental punishment against children. The bill also seeks ban on humiliating or disregarded treatment with children. The Code of Criminal Procedure (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2017 seeks amendments in Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989 by adding new sections to make DNA test mandatory and its record confidential in rape cases. The Sindh Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2017 focuses to document the sale and purchase of weapons in the entire province. It also seeks development of state of the art Forensic Lab for ballistic signature verification of weapons. The Provincial Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015 proposes amendments in the Provincial Motor Vehicle Ordinance, 1965 by changing the rates of compensation for death and other injuries to a passenger in a stage carriage or contract carriage.
The treasury lawmakers tabled more legislative proposals than their opposition counterparts. Party-wise details of the legislative business of 29th session indicated that eight bills were tabled by PPPP lawmakers while one each by PML-F and MQM lawmakers.
Meanwhile, the House also referred two amendment bills – the Sindh Zakat and Ushr (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and the Societies Registration (Sindh Amendment) Bill, 2015 – to relevant standing committees for further deliberations. In addition, the Chair rejected a motion in 5th sitting which was jointly moved by the MQM lawmakers to introduce the Malir Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2016.