Sindh Assembly forms 37 committees


Karachi: Sindh assembly on Monday formed 37 different committees, and also passed a resolution to condemn the brutal and cowardly attack on renowned journalist, Hamid Mir and appreciates his services towards journalism and democracy.

The Sindh Assembly met here at 10:15am just 15 minutes late from its scheduled time of 10:00am. Two bills, Bill No. 10 of 2014-The Sindh Criminal Prosecution Service (Constitution, Functions & Powers) (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and Bill No. 11 of 2014-The Sindh Shaheed Recognition and Compensation Bill, 2014, were introduced by Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro.

Sharjeel Inam Memon of PPPP, Syed Sardar Ahmed of MQM, Nand Kumar and Nusrat Bano Seher Abbasi of PML-F and Syed Hafeezuddin of PTI tabled a resolution that this House strongly condemns the brutal and cowardly attack on renowned journalist, Hamid Mir and appreciates his services towards journalism and democracy. The resolution was passed unanimously.

Syed Hafeezuddin of PTI tabled an adjournment motion that the Sindh Government was behind financial woes of KMC and DMCs. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro opposed the AM, saying that there is no recent occurrence and definite matter, it is being hit by more than one sub-rules. Later, the chair ruled it out of order.

There were five CANs on the agenda but only three were taken up.

Sheikh Abdullah in his Call Attention Notice said Minister for Local Government, Sindh may please to give answer/ statement that the name of Authority to solve problems of Surjani Town, KDA Scheme-41, either Project Director KDA Scheme-41 or Administrator KMC?

This was responded by Minister for Information and Local Government, Sharjeel Inam Memon, who while pointing out the population influx in Karachi, said that government is trying its best to provide all basic facilities to the people. He said that the town is under KMC, issues are there, however, efforts are on to resolve the issues.

Kamran Akhter in his CAN said Minister for Local Government, Sindh may please to give answer / statement that there is acute shortage of water in Karachi especially in the District West and Central and the City is ruled by Hydrant Mafia, hundreds of small and big hydrants operating. Masses are bound to buy water on higher rates KWSB is bearing billions of rupees loss. Government should take action to provide the basic need to masses.

This was responded by Minister for Information and Local Government, Sharjeel Inam Memon, who suggested the member to move an Adjournment motion on KW&SB to have a detailed discussion on it. There were 18 hydrants for eighteen towns, who were given permits. However, illegal hydrants are running in Karachi and the department carried out raids against them. As far as illegal hydrant in Manghopir Area, we have written letters to the Home Secretary, IG and other concerned because of law and order situation of the area. KW&SB has recovery of Rs 40 crore, out of which, 30 crores are spent on salaries. Unnecessary appointments have been made in the department during the era of Musharraf and those, who work at other places and get salary from the department, should be expelled. Crackdown against illegal hydrants is continued.

Syed Khalid Ahmed in his CAN said Minister for Home, Sindh may please to give answer/ statement that kindly provide the details that out of a total numbers of Police Officers of Grade 18 and above, how many are posted out of turn as per seniority list in the Police Department, please provide District Wise detail.

This was responded by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro, who said that after supreme court’s decision that no out of turn promotions be allowed, all orders have been withdrawn, while he have a list of posting of 29 officers, which he will provide to the member.

Khurram Sher Zaman withdrew his Privilege Motion No. 06 of 2014 after being opposed by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro that the matter is already discussed in the House and discussion has been made with CM and he assured of resolving the issue. The Privilege Motion was about receiving a letter from Planning & Development Department, Chief (Tameer-E-Pakistan Programme) on 18th November, 2013 stating that government has approved 40 million for development schemes for his constituency. And now issue of funds availability is being faced after completion of all due procedure.

Syed Sardar Ahmed of MQM said that over 60 MPAs of treasury benches have been given funds, on which, the MQM members raised slogans of “shame-shame”, which was pointed out by PPP’s Nisar Khuhro that this is not right. On this, the chair said that it will be expunged.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro moved a motion under Rule 256, to lay a report of Receipts of the Province 2013-14, Current Revenue Expenditure 2013-14, Current Capital Expenditure 2013-14 and Current Development Expenditure 2013-14. The motion was carried and the report was laid in the house. The minister said that copy of it is being given to all members and after private members day, discussion on it for 5 days will be held.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Sikandar Mandhro moved a motion for election of standing committees and other committees out of turn, as it was not included in the agenda. Thirty seven (37) committees have been formed, which took 50 minutes. The minister said that now the Secretariat will call meetings of committees and the members will chose chairmen/chairpersons. He offered to extend his services as ex-officio member/observer in committee, having no right of vote.

The members of Committee on Rules of Procedures and Privileges included Nisar Khuhro, Pir Mujeebul Haque, Nawab Ghaibi Sardar Khan Chandio, Irfanullah Khan Marwat, Syed Sardar Ahmed, Khursheed Ahmed Junejo, Jam Madad Ali, Ghulam Mujtaba Isran, Samar Ali Khan, Lal Chand Ukrani and Irum Azeem Farooque.

The members of Public Accounts Committee included Saleem Raza Jalbani, Syed Sardar Ali Shah, Khairunnisa Mughal, Eng: Pesu Mal, Nand Kumar, Sorath Thebo and Poonjo Bheel.

The members of Finance Committee included Agha Siraj Khan Durrani, Sikandar Mandhro, Ghulam Qadir Chandio, Syed Sardar Ahmed, Nand Kumar, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and Rukhsana Parveen.

The last business on the agenda was presentation of report of the special committee to examine the Government Bill No. 25 of 2013-The Sindh Child Marriages Restraint Bill, 2013 and Private Bill No. 07 of 2013-The Child Marriage Prohibition Bill, 2013;Given Notice of by Sharmila Faruqui jointly, which was not taken up in the sitting and the chair adjourned the house till tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10 AM.

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