Punjab Assembly passes two government bills in August 31 session

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Punjab Assembly passes two government bills in August 31 session

LAHORE: (APP) The Punjab Assembly, during its Wednesday's session, passed two government bills.

Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Rana Sanaullah Khan presented the bills including the Punjab Revenue Authority (Second Amendment) Bill 2016 and the Punjab Animals Slaughter Control (Second Amendment) Bill 2016. Seven lawmakers took part in the discussion on the bills. The chair rejected all amendments proposed by the opposition members.

Earlier, the session was started with Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal in the chair.

During Question-Hour session, Punjab Housing, Urban Development and Public Health Engineering Minister Malik Tanvir Aslam Awan told the House that the government had accomplished a number of projects for coping with the challenges of urban governance, planning, infrastructure, environment and housing. He said hefty funds had been allocated for development of villages and cities.

He said the government had initiated the project of installation of water filtration plants at a cost of Rs 17 billion for provision of potable water to the masses.

Responding to a question of Shoukat Hayyat Bosan, the minister said that 38 water filtration plants had been installed in PP-200 Multan. He said TMA Bosan Town Multan had been assigned the duty of operation and maintenance of these filtration plants.

To another question by Nabeela Hakim Ali, he said that a water filtration plant had already been installed in Chak 5/51 Nankana Saheb.

The minister replied 12 out of 34 starred questions while 11 were disposed of due to absence of the movers and two were deferred. The lawmakers also asked 22 supplementary questions.

The Standing Committee on Local Government presented its reports. Moreover, the House also granted extension in time to the Standing Committees on Local Government, Excise & Taxation, Forestry & Wildlife and Labour & Human Resource Housing and Urban for presentation of their reports.

The House deferred four adjournment motions submitted by lawmakers regarding climate change, spread of hepatitis and diabetes and commercialisation of residential areas.

The opposition members boycotted the session but returned to house after getting an assurance from the Punjab law minister.

On completion of day's agenda, the speaker adjounred the session till next morning (Thursday) 10:00 am.