LAHORE - The Treasury yesterday requested the federal government to provide more relief to the masses in the petroleum prices keeping in view the international market rates.

Punjab Assembly session as Private Member’s Day started one and half hour late to its scheduled time at 10am under the chair of Speaker Rana Iqbal.

Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed in an out of turn resolution about fixing petrol prices demanded of the federal government through provincial legislature to bring the petrol price Rs 40 per liter following the international prices.

However, the Chair did not allow the Opposition Leader to table the resolution out of turn and the entire Opposition staged a token walkout from the House. But they joined the proceedings after seven minutes with the assurance that he would be allowed to table the resolution after completion of House business.

But Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah proposed some amendments in the resolution without taking into confidence the Opposition. The Opposition when not taken into confidence chanted slogans against the Treasury and boycotted the remaining session.

Sanaullah moved the amended resolution in which he appreciated the federal government for providing relief to the masses by reducing Rs 5 per liter on the petrol. He also requested the federal government from provincial legislature to provide more relief to the masses according to the international market rates of petroleum products.

Earlier, the House adopted five resolutions of public interest unanimously while two were rejected and other two were pended by the Chair. According to the details of resolutions, a resolution moved by the Treasury member Hina Pervez Butt was pended by the Speaker in which she suggested the federal government to appoint female staff in Nadra and passport offices to facilitate female citizens especially for taking their pictures.

Azma Bukhari also from the Treasury benches opposed the resolution saying it was biased and based on gender discrimination so it should be rejected. Rahila Khadam Hussain another Treasury member also opposed the resolution.

A resolution from Sheikh Allaudin regarding awarding “Nishan-e-Pakistan to Mulla Abdul Qadar and Qamaruz Zaman” who were hanged by Bangladesh government for their patriotism with Pakistan, was pended by the Speaker on the request of the Law Minister who told the House that the issue was related to federal government and his government had already sent a letter in this regard.

Opposition member Sabtain Khan’s resolution was passed with some amendments while it demanded that facility of Angiography should be provided to each district headquarters.

Another Opposition member Nabila Hakim’s resolution for declaring 16th December as a National Day for Children was passed unanimously. Two resolutions of Opposition members Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed and Dr Waseem ensure implementation on the government’s decision about reduced fees in private schools and amending laws to stop registration of false FIRs respectively were also passed unanimously.

While another two resolutions tabled by Mehmood and Waseem to make sure security of educational institutes and exempt TV Fee fixed in the electricity bills respectively were rejected by the House.

Sabtain’s another resolution about to remove illegal signboards across the province was also adopted by the House unanimously

The House unanimously passed a condemnation motion regarding attacks on media houses and pledged to make better security arrangements for the media offices.

During the question hour, parliamentary secretary Nazia Rahil answered queries about the Revenue and Colonies Departments and informed the House that 85 percent of Land Revenue Record has been computerized.

Sanaullah claimed ‘Patwari Culture’ would be ended next month with completion of a project of computerization of land record.

On February 2 Punjab Assembly sitting, the opposition had staged a walkout in protest against not allowing presentation of a resolution regarding meager decrease in the prices of petroleum.

Before the start of proceedings on government business, Opposition Leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed had drawn the attention of the House towards Rs5 cut in petrol prices, saying the prices hd decreased considerably in the international market but the government was not passing on the relief to the masses.

He said that the prices should have been decreased at least by Rs40 to Rs45 per litre.

He suggested the chair to suspend rules for presentation of the resolution of public interest.

Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan opposed suspension of rules and asked the opposition leader to share draft of the resolution with the treasury before presentation in the House. On the insistence of the opposition leader, Law Minister said that the opposition was bent upon doing politics of protest instead of discussing issues on the Assembly floor in democratic way.

“They will talk to the media on stairs, chant slogans and go to homes. This is not politics of principles”, law minister said.

The opposition returned to the House during proceedings on government business. The law minister laid 13 ordinances and introduced one bill during the proceedings.

The House had also passed two acts, rejecting all cut motions of opposition legislators.

The chair sent all the Ordinances to the relevant Standing Committees with the direction to submit reports within two months. This was not the case with the Bill relating to increase in salaries and perks and privileges of legislators.

The chair directed the Standing Committee on Law to submit report on The Punjab Public Representatives’ Laws (Amendment) Bill 2016 within one week.

Rana Sanaullah said that the proposed increase in the salaries and perks and privileges of legislators in Punjab was not that high as in the other provinces and National Assembly.

He said that now the salaries of legislators in Punjab would be close to those in other provinces but not high or equal.