ISLAMABAD: The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2016 increasing punishment for dishonestly issuing a cheque was introduced in the National Assembly today.

The objective of the Bill is to protect the innocent persons from fraudulent persons, who are issuing cheques to defraud their creditors without making arrangements of sufficient funds in their bank accounts.

Under the proposed amendment, the punishment of the offence has been enhanced to a maximum of ten years, but shall not be less than seven years with a fine which shall not be less than the amount of the dishonestly issued cheque. This amount of fine shall be paid to the complainant.

The House also passed three resolutions today. The first resolution was moved by Tahira Aurangzeb urging the government to take immediate steps, to complete Bara Kahu Housing Scheme for Federal Government Employees.

The second resolution moved by Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho called upon the government to take effective steps to improve maternal health facilities in Federal hospitals, in order to prevent child mortality.

The House also passed a resolution urging the government to take immediate steps to control price-hike in the country.