LAHORE - The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution with majority vote regarding provision of free computerised national identity cards (CNICs) to the citizens, amid rumpus from the opposition benches.

On a private members’ day, there were five resolutions of public interest on agenda, but only one could be taken up due to uproar in the house after the chair refused to allow Opposition Leader Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed to present a resolution regarding election reforms out of turn.

Deputy Speaker Sardar Sher Ali Gorchani refused to allow the out-of-turn resolution, asking Mehmood-ur-Rasheed to seek relaxation in rules. The opposition leader along with other PTI and PML-Q members stood up with the demand to accommodate the resolution. Amid uproar from the opposition benches, the chair asked the movers of different resolutions to read out the text.

The only resolution passed by the house was presented by a female legislator from the treasury, MPA Shumaila Aslam, urging the federal government to waive off fee for issuing national identity cards to the citizens.

Mian Mahmood-ur-Rasheed’s resolution regarding attack on Hamid Mir was third on the agenda, but he refused to read it out. The chair asked the opposition leader to read out the resolution on the agenda instead of pressing for another out of turn. After refusal from the mover, the chair disposed of the resolution.

Earlier, PTI’s Dr Murad Raas drew the attention of the house towards LDA’s move of converting the old airport at Walton Road into a commercial zone. The human rights minister asked him to file a written complaint so that he could seek answer from the quarters concerned.

During the question hour on Information and Culture and Prisons Department, treasury legislator Bau Akhtar pointed out that the department was focusing on Lahore while theatres in different districts were promoting vulgarity. The parliamentary secretary for information and culture claimed that the committees, headed by the DCOs concerned, had been constituted to check vulgarity and action against a number of actresses had been initiated.

To a supplementary question of PTI’s Dr Nausheen Hamid, Prisons Minister Ch Abdul Waheed divulged that there were two separate jails for children and women in Punjab. He said separate family rooms had been constructed where prisoners could spend three consecutive days with their families three times in a year. He said there were proper arrangements for vaccination of inmates to protect them against contagious diseases. He told the house that the government had provided 100 electric fans, 100 room coolers and cold water plants to facilitate prisoners and save them from scorching heat. He said the government would build new jails in Okara, Layyah, Bhakkar, Lodhran, Pakpattan, Narowal, Haifizabad, Khanewal and Rajanpur districts, besides constructing high-security district jails in Sahiwal and Mianwali.