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Occupational Safety Bill introduced in Punjab Assembly

January 9, 2019

Lahore:The Provincial Assembly of the Punjab witnessed the introduction of a government bill on occupational safety and health on Wednesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.

The Assembly met for an hour and 57 minutes. The sitting started at 1231 hours against the scheduled time of 1100 hours. The entire sitting was presided over by a member of Panel of Chairpersons in the absence of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. Currently, the Speaker is acting Governor of Punjab. The Leader of the House did not attend the sitting.

The Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting for 21 minutes. As many as 80 MPAs (22%) were present at the outset while 32 (9%) at the adjournment of the sitting.

The parliamentary leaders of PPPP and Rah-e-Haq party attended the proceedings.

As many as three out of eight minority lawmakers attended the sitting.

The Minister for Law introduced the Punjab Occupational Safety and Health Bill, 2019. The referral of the bill to the relevant standing committee, as required under Rule 94 of the Rules of Procedure of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, was deferred as the House has not yet constituted its standing committees.

The House deferred a PTI lawmaker’s Adjournment Motion (AM) regarding illegal sale of a public college’s land in Faisalabad due to delay in response from the relevant ministry.

Special Committee-I presented a report on a bill referred to the committee by the House. The House also granted 30-day extension to the committee for another report.

The House took up one out of four Starred Questions while three questions were disposed of due to absence of the movers. These questions were addressed to the ministries of Agriculture, Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control and Law and Parliamentary Affairs. The House took up four Zero Hour notices raised by PML-N lawmakers. The Ministers for Excise and Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering responded to these notices.

The lawmakers raised 49 Points of Order consuming 65 minutes of the proceedings.

The entire opposition staged a 26-minute walkout in solidarity with the journalists who were protesting against the behaviour of Minister for Information.

A PML-N lawmaker pointed out the lack of quorum twice; however, it was found complete on headcount on both instances.

The House was adjourned to meet again on January 10, 2019 (Thursday) at 1100 hours.

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