NA takes up entire agenda, discusses agricultural challenges
Islamabad:The National Assembly addressed its entire agenda on Friday and discussed agriculture and tourism related issues through points of order, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.
The Assembly met for an hour and eight minutes. The sitting started at 1122 hours against the scheduled time of 1100 hours. The Speaker presided over the entire sitting. The Deputy Speaker was not present. The Leaders of House (Prime Minister) and the Opposition did not attend the sitting. As many as 44 lawmakers (13%) were present at the outset and 76 (22%) at the adjournment of the sitting. The parliamentary leaders of GDA and PPPP attended the sitting. As many as five out of 10 minority lawmakers were present.
A PPPP lawmaker having membership in Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs and Law and Justice presented reports on the Loans for Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Purposes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
Six periodical reports of Standing Committees on Climate Change, Public Accounts Committee, Defence Production, Human Rights, National Food Security and Research and Government Assurances were presented in the House for the period of January – June, 2019 as required by rule 234-A of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007.
Minister for Energy (Power Division) responded to a Calling Attention Notice (CAN) regarding charging of enormous electricity bills from tube well consumers despite providing them subsidy.
Another CAN about increase in the AIDS related deaths in the country due to late diagnosis was responded to by the Parliamentary Secretary for Health.
Six lawmakers including Ministers for Energy (Power Division) and State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs spoke for 20 minutes on points of order related to agriculture, tourism and non-payment of salaries to media persons.
The House was adjourned to meet again on July 13, 2020 (Monday) at 1600 hours.