Government and Opposition benches united in PA over rise in own salaries

Government and Opposition benches united in PA over rise in own salaries
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LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly (PA) unanimously adopted the Punjab Public Representatives Laws (Amendment) Bill 2009 to pave way for increase in monthly salaries and perks of the legislators including the chief minister and speaker.

The bill was tabled by PML-N legislator Agha Ali Haider with Speaker PA Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi in the chair during the PA session which started two hours 10 minutes behind its scheduled time of 11 am.

Earlier, the chair allowed a resolution in relaxation of rules during the Government Business Hour and the Punjab Public Representatives Laws (Amendment) Bill 2009 was tabled by the opposition MPA Agha Ali Haider.

Another bill named as Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre Bill 2019 was also passed by the House with a majority, rejecting all amendments proposed by the Opposition legislators. The bill was presented by the Punjab Law Minister Raja Muhammad Basharat.

The House also passed The Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre Bill 2019 with majority. Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid and Law Minister Raja Basharat opposed the amendment of giving PKLI&RC status of a trust, saying the Punjab government would meet the expenditure of the institute and said it could not be given status of a trust.

The House also voted all other amendments proposed by the Opposition including the one giving Prof Saeed Akhtar a role in the Board of Governors. The minister said his (Prof Saeed) services could be utilized somewhere else.

Minister for Population Welfare Hashim Dogar, responding to a question by PML-N’s Iftikhar Hussain, said public awareness about family planning was a continuous process.

He said counseling services and quality family planning were being provided at centres, adding the centres also provided consultation on issues relating to reproductive health, infertility and sexually transmitted diseases.

Speaker Ch Pervaiz Elahi adjourned the house for tomorrow (Thursday) at 11:00 am.

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