Balochistan Local Government (Amendment) Bill Passed]


Islamabad:: The Balochistan Assembly passed the Balochistan Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 in the 4th sitting of its 7th session on Tuesday, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet based on direct observation of the proceedings.

The Bill was earlier tabled in the second sitting on January 15 but was later withdrawn for some necessary amendment.

Additionally, the House adopted a resolution calling upon the provincial government to take up with the federal government the issues of low gas pressure and poor electricity infrastructure in various districts of the province. It demanded of the government to improve quality of power transmission lines in Khuzdar, Loralai and also approve laying of new transmission line in Zhob.

Thirteen legislators belonging to PkMAP (6), PML-N (3), NP (2), and one each of MWM & JUI-F debated the resolution for an hour and 40 minutes.

The Assembly approved an adjournment motion for debate for the January 25 sitting. The motion was regarding electricity related issues in Lasbela and handing over KESC affairs to WAPDA again.

The House condemned the terror incidents of Rawalpindi and Bannu that resulted in the loss of several precious lives. The lawmakers offered fateha for the departed souls.

As many as 28 MPAs were present at the outset, while 25 were there at the adjournment of the sitting. The Chief Minister and the Leader of the Opposition did not attend the sitting.

Tabled by provincial minister for local bodies, the House passed Balochistan Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2014.

Tabled jointly by members of PkMAP, MWM and NP, the House adopted a resolution calling upon the provincial government to urge the federal government to improve the existing condition of gas and electricity supplies in various districts of the province.

The Assembly approved an adjournment motion for holding a debate in the sitting of January 25 regarding electricity related issues in Lasbela and handing over KESC to WAPDA.

Lawmakers spoke on three points of orders, consuming four minutes of the proceedings.

No instance of protest, walkout or boycott was witnessed during the sitting.

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