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Sindh PA: PML-F female lawmaker tops again in raising questions

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Published: May 30, 2016 03:26 pm

Nusrat Bano Sehar Abbasi

ISLAMABAD: Nusrat Bano Sehar, PML-F lawmaker in the Sindh Assembly, topped again during 3rd parliamentary year in raising questions as she asked 78 questions and broke her own record of 77 questions during the 2nd parliamentary year (2014-15).

During the five sessions of 3rd parliamentary year from June 13, 2015 to May 3, 2016, she put the maximum number (78) of questions as she similarly raised highest 77 questions during the 2nd parliamentary year having a total of seven sessions from June 13, 2014 to May 21, 2015.

“ Under Rule 38 of the Sindh Assembly, the House holds a 60-minute question hour at the outset of a sitting except on the sittings falling on Saturdays, Sundays and the day set for oath taking/elections of key members. A lawmaker can put up a question for the purpose of obtaining information on a matter of public concern from the relevant minister”.

During the 3rd parliamentary year, the lawmaker raising second highest number of questions was Heer Soho from MQM who asked 34 questions followed by MQM lawmaker Kamran Akhtar with 27 questions,  PTI lawmaker Khurram Sher Zaman with 20 questions and MQM lawmaker Moeen Amir Pirzada with 16 questions.

Only 28 MPAs (17%) performed government oversight through 270 starred questions during this period. The questions dealt with information on matters related to different departments with an emphasis on questioning the current government’s measures to improve shortcomings in various areas.

The questions were directed to 32 departments and most of the questions were addressed to Health (24), Home (17), Social Welfare (15), Excise and Taxation (14), Agriculture (13), Finance (13), Food (12), STEVTA (11), Revenue (11), Education (10) and Public Health Engineering (10).

Only a small percentage of each party’s members submitted questions, with MQM taking the lead as 17 of its 47 members asked 132 questions followed by four PML-F legislators asking 82 questions, four PPPP members asking 22 questions, two PTI members raising 33 questions and one PML-N member asking one question.

During the second parliamentary year (2104-15), a total of 32 members (19%) submitted 298 starred questions during this period of which 211 (71%) questions received answers on the floor and the remaining in writing. According to the FAFEN’s data, the highest numbers of questions among members were asked by PML-F lawmaker Nusrat Bano Sehar Abbasi who submitted 77 questions alone.

Lawmakers sought answers from 33 government departments during 2014-15, mostly related to agriculture, food, security, wildlife/forest preservation and livestock. A bulk of questions (60%, 179 questions) was addressed to nine departments including the departments of Health (49 questions), Co-operation (23 questions), Social Welfare (22), Education (21), Information (15), Energy (14), Industries (13), Works and Services (12) and Local Government (10).

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