Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2021 moved in National Assembly

Bill seeks another NA seat for minorities: Assembly told restoration of RYK ransacked temple underway

By: News Desk      Published: 03:41 PM, 10 Aug, 2021
Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2021 moved in National Assembly
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A minority member of the National Assembly presented a Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2021 seeking to add one more seat reserved for the minorities to the lower house, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The bill was moved on Tuesday by minority member J Parakash in the National Assembly. Parliamentary Secretary Malaika Bukhari did not oppose the bill that seeks to increase one more seat reserved for minorities. 

The bill has been referred to the concerned standing committee for further action. 

MNA Mohsin Dawar said that there should be fixed days for the joint session of parliament in the Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2021. However, the law ministry opposed the bill. 

MNA Lal Chand told the assembly that the work for the restoration of the temple that was razed a few days ago in Sadiqabad, Rahim Yar Khan was underway. He hoped that the authorities would bring the temple attackers to justice. 

The assembly was also told that action would be taken against the NADRA officials involved in the issuance of fake national identity cards. It was also told that Sindh was not an international orphanage that would provide shelter to the displaced people from all over the world. 

Another bill seeking further amendments to the Trade Organization Act, 2013 was also moved in the assembly. The bill vouches for safeguarding and promoting small businesses. The bill was tabled by MNA Sajida Begum. 

Parliamentary Secretary Malaika Bukhari supported the bill. She said that it was good bill for the members of FPCCI. She asked for the input from the FPCCI members. The bill was referred to the concerned standing committee.

MNA Nafeesa Khattak moved a Poor Children Rehabilitation Bill, 2021 living in the vicinity of Islamabad in the lower house. The ministries of interior and human rights would give their input on the bill for the help of needy children. 

MNA Ali Khan said that a lot of work was needed to be done for the rehabilitation of needy and neglected children. The bill which was not opposed by the government was forwarded to the concerned standing committee.

A resolution regarding to send the Islamabad Food Safety Bill to the joint session of parliament was also adopted as senate did not pass the bill after a passage of 90 days despite the fact that the bill was already adopted by the lower house. MNA Ali Nawaz said that amendments to laws were necessary to discourage adulteration in food items. 

MNA Nusrat Wahid presented a bill seeking amendment to Article 27 of the Constitution. The bill was also referred to the concerned standing committee when government did not oppose it. 

MNA Mir Ghulam Ali Talpur said that there was a lot of evacuee property which warranted government’s attention. “We should understand whether this land is land in desert,” he added. He said electricity was a big problem in Badin and the power transmission system was rickety over there. He cited the example of transformer explosion in Hyderabad. 

MNA Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan while taking the floor on call attention notice said that people should be given property right as per the 1950 Nehro-Laiquat agreement. He wanted the audit of evacuee trust property. He said the evacuee property matter should be referred to the committee for deliberation. 

The national assembly session was presided over by Panel of Chairman. Out of 342 members of the assembly, only eight members including two from opposition and six members from treasury benches, participated in the session. No federal minister attended the session.