Dr. Arif Alvi acknowledges Senate performance
Senate truly a House of Federation, legislated for marginalized segments: Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani
Islamabad, 19 March, 2019.
Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has said that the Senate proved itself self by becoming effective voice of the underprivileged and downtrodden as it continued to legislate for the protection of basic rights of children, women, workers, migrants, transgender persons and weaker segments of the society. He expressed these views in a meeting with the President Dr. Arif Alvi at President House on Tuesday. He said that this year witnessed change in the composition of Senate as 50% new Members took oath and the House posed confidence in me to become custodian of the House. This change was complemented by completion of constitutional tenure of National Assembly and smooth transition of Government.
President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi appreciated the working and performance of the Senate and observed that the Senate depicted the true scheme of Constitution whereby Members of the Upper House rose above the party lines and legislated, debated and streamlined issues of national public interests.
Briefing the President about the parliamentary year 2018-19, Sadiq sanjrani said that during, Senate met in 13 Senate sessions in the Parliamentary Year with 111 working days and 78 actual sittings with an average attendance of 64.46 %. 28 private member’s bills and 15 government bills and 7 ordinances were introduced in the Senate during the Parliamentary Year 2018-19. The legislative achievements of Senate include legislation on mainstreaming of FATA and PATA, Rights based legislation including legislation for women, children, and transgender persons, migrants, access to health Care, access to education, access to interest-free credit. Executive also laid before the Senate five different reports by State Bank of Pakistan, Federal Public Service Commission, National Commission on Status of Women, National Commission for Human Rights, Pilot test of I-voting granted to overseas Pakistanis.
A total of 3681 starred questions were received out of which 3301 were admitted, 111 were disallowed, 269 lapsed, 8 were withdrawn by the members. In addition to starred questions a total of 47 un-starred questions were received, 41 were admitted, 3 were disallowed, 3 lapsed and 6 were withdrawn by the members. A total of 322 Resolutions were received by the secretariat 266 Resolution from amongst those submitted were held as admissible, while 29 were held as inadmissible on technical grounds. 31 Resolutions were passed by the House, whereas, 06 were dropped in the House due to absence of the Member concerned. A total of four hundred and thirty two (432) motions under rule 218 were received. three hundred and seventy nine (379) were admitted and sixteen (16) were disallowed while thirty seven (37) lapsed. Eleven (11) were discussed in the House and three (03) were dropped in the House. Four (4) were referred to the Committees.
President of Pakistan appreciated the work done by the Senate of Pakistan on legislative fronts as well as its efforts in Parliamentary diplomacy. The Senate of Pakistan brought together parliamentary leadership for promoting peace and development at the forum of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA). The APA meetings were consciously held at Gwadar to establish that soon Gwadar would become the hub of trade and economic activities for the entire region which would not only leave a positive impact in South Asia but in the whole region.
Chairman Senate told the President that almost after ten years the Special Committee on Kashmir became the Parliamentary Committee consisting of Membership of both Houses of Parliament as result of positive response of Chairman Senate’s request. President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed hope that this Committee will positively contribute in streamlining the human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir with a view to seeking a final settlement of Jammu and Kashmir dispute in line with the United Nations Resolutions.