ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution with voice vote seeking imposition of ban on the use of plastic shopping bags and instead would introduce the biodegradable material for the purpose. After a heated debate the House also constituted a special committee to take up the matter of allotment of railways land in Lahore to Golf Club on a throwaway price during the years 2004-2007. On a calling attention notice, Federal Minister for Education Ahsan Iqbal assured the House that the matter of accreditation of the Allama Iqbal University's Engineering Department with the Pakistan Engineering Council would be facilitated to save the future of some 400 graduates whose degrees were not recognized by the Higher Education Commission. The House continued debate on the water and power crisis confronting the country and heated debate on the issue of Kalabagh Dam and the failure of the previous government to tackle the situation was witnessed. The House resumed the debate on water and power crisis and around one dozen members from both treasury and opposition benches participated in the debate. Once again the issue of Kalabagh Dam came as the matter of controversy as whenever any member supported the construction of the dam the members from Sindh, Balochistan and NWFP rose on point of order and opposed it on the ground that the project was contentious among the provinces. Three smaller provinces had not only opposed the project but also passed resolutions against it in the provincial assemblies in the past. Most of the members suggested that besides constructing smaller dams the government must look for other sources of power generation and majority of the members suggested that Thar Coal should be used for it. On the issue of the plastic shopping bags some of the members raised an objection that the same should not be banned immediately, as the people engaged in this industry would be badly affected. They suggested that shopping bags with recycleable material would be allowed. Later, the resolution was put to vote and was approved with the voice vote. A member Shahnaz Saleem asked the House to direct the Federal Government to develop the Fort Manaru, a beautiful tribal area of DG Khan. When the minister concerned said that the government was already in the process of constructing a guesthouse near it, the mover did not press the resolution. On the issue of allotment of Railways land in Lahore to Golf Course, the Deputy Speaker first referred the matter to the Standing Committee. However, some of the members rose to their seats and brought to the notice of the Chair that the matter was of serious nature and instead of referring it to the committee, which was yet to be constituted, a special committee on it should be formed to address this important matter. Opposition member Mian Manzoor Wattoo suggested that the House should grant the chair permission to constitute the special committee on the matter. The Chair sought view of the Federal Minister of Law who did not oppose the move and thus a special committee on the subject was constituted to resolve the issue. The members of the committee would be finalized later after consultation with all the Parliamentary Parties in the House. At around 8.00pm, Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza resumed his assignment and conducted the business for rest of the evening. A lady member from treasury benches came down hard on the former premier Shaukat Aziz and said that he was the real culprit and should be brought back from UK for his trial. Some other members also came down hard on the previous government for its failure in making any policy on these very serious areas.