KARACHI - Adopting the Sindh Information of Temporary Residents Bill 2015, the Sindh Assembly on Monday made it mandatory for the property dealers, landlords and tenants to provide information about the tenants to the police within 48 hours from the time of delivery of possession of the rented premises.

The legislation was part of the three government bills carried by the House when it resumed business after a two-day recess.

Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro, who piloted the bill in the House, said in pursuance of implementation of National Action Plan, it is expedient to enact the law in the subject matter.

Opposition leader Sheharyar Mehar and senior MQM member Sardar Ahmed proposed certain amendments in the bill, which the minister opposed by saying that law department has properly vetted the bill and then it was tabled in the House, were rejected by majority votes. The two other bills were unanimously passed by the House including the AO Post Graduate Institute of Orthopedic Science Bill, 2015 and the Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Shaheed Benazirabad (Amendments) Bill, 2015.

Tabling about the AO Orthopedic Bill in the House, Mandhro said there was a huge number of trauma cases. The AO Clinic provides pacific training and experience and a broad range of orthopedic specialty like sports medicine, trauma, joint replacement, pediatric oncology, spine, shoulder and elbow, foot ankle and hand. In order to encourage the participation of the private sector in providing education at the highest level in Sindh, it is necessary to grant charter to the AO Clinic as the postgraduate institute and to enact a law in the subject matter.

The parliamentary affairs minister, moving another bill, said in order to smooth running of the Peoples University of Medical and Health Science, it is expedient to amend the Sindh Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women Shaheed Benazirabad Act, 2010. The Speaker announced that Sindh governor has given assent to the Sindh Allopathic System (prevention of unauthorised use) Bill, 2014. The minister introduced the Sindh Jinnah Medical University (Amendment) Bill, 2015, in the House which will be taken up on Friday.

Meanwhile, the media men, covering the assembly proceedings, staged a token boycott of assembly proceedings to lodge protest against the manhandling of The Nation reporter Abdullah Zafar by Rangers personnel. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon, who was present in the house, turned his eyes blind to the media protest and never came to the Press gallery to listen to the viewpoint of the media men.

The House, which was called in order by Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, unanimously adopted a resolution moved by PPP member Khairunisa Mughal. The resolution says, “This House resolves that the provincial government take steps to stop the poisonous water coming from Punjab which causes loss to the fertile land in Ghotki.”

The other resolution which the House carried was tabled by PML-F member Dr Rafiq Bhanban. The resoultion reads, “Out of 8 taluka headquarters of Khairpur district, one taluka headquarter namely Faiz Gunj (Pucca Chang and Caroondi) is deprived of the supply of natural gas, therefore, this assembly resolves and recommends that Sui Southern Gas Company may provide the gas to taluka headquarter Faiz Gunj taluka.”

Another resolution which the House passed was moved by PPP member Khursheed Ahmed Junejo.

It states, “This assembly resolves and recommends to the Sindh government to approach the federal government to annul the decision of closing the regional office of National Bank of Pakistan, Larkana. The decision of closing the office is detrimental to the public interest, the business community and agricultural community.”

The House adopted another resolution. It was jointly tabled by the members from both sides of the aisle. It reads, “This House resolves and recommends to acknowledge the International Street Children Day and to emphasise the need to protect the street children of Sindh.

The strategy to combat the street children problems should be based on holistic governmental approach and it should deal with them as individuals with due rights. This is also the responsibility of the entire society which should have firm stand to give street children their rights to education, health, protection and decent life.” After completion of agenda, the House was adjourned till Tuesday (today) morning.