Punjab Assembly adopts resolution seeking increase in MPAs’ allowance

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed four private bills and two resolutions seeking increase in the allowances of lawmakers and opposing the closure of Gymkhana Club Rawalpindi.

Moved by PML-N’s Raheela Khadim Hussain, the resolution demanding an increase in the allowances of Assembly members was passed unanimously. The members on both sides of the aisle supported the resolution in a rare show of unity. The PML-N legislator pleaded in her resolution that the allowances of MPAs should be increased as they were finding it hard to meet the daily expenses of their houses due to price hike.

Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi also supported the resolution, saying that the PIA fares had also been increased three to four times. He directed Law Minister Basharat Raja to talk to the finance division for an increase in the allowances of Assembly members. This resolution was not on the agenda of Assembly business as it was taken up out of turn by suspension of the relevant rules. The second resolution sought restoration of activities at Gymkhana Club Rawalpindi and opposed its conversion into an IT tower. It was also adopted unanimously with active support from the Assembly speaker who also expressed his annoyance over move to close the Gymkhana Club. He directed the Punjab Assembly secretary to refer the resolution to the House Committee to which he [Speaker] was also a member. He also directed the law minister to ensure appearance of the Rawalpindi commissioner before the committee. The law minister, however, told the speaker if the Rawalpindi commissioner wanted to close the club, the government had nothing to do with the matter. The Speaker did not change his mind, nonetheless.

Earlier, the sitting started with a delay of two hours and 42 minutes and the Assembly remained in session for about an hour. The House passed four private members’ bills including the Rashid Latif Khan University Bill, 2021; the University of Lahore (Amendment) Bill, 2021; the University of Management and Technology, Lahore (Amendment) Bill 2021 and the Punjab Community Safety Measures in Sports and Health Club’s Premises Bill, 2021.

Two bills were also introduced in the House on Tuesday which included the Punjab Institute of Quran and Seerat Studies (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and the National College of Business Administration and Economics, Lahore (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Both bills were referred to the committees concerned of the House for further consideration. On completion of the agenda, Speaker Ch Parvez Elahi prorogued the session sine die.


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