“Senate, being House of Federation has a crucial role in policy scrutiny and oversight of the executive besides legislation to promote and ensure good governance” said Senate Chief Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani while presiding over a meeting of the Council of Chairpersons, a high powered Committee consisting of Chairpersons of all Committees of the Senate here at Parliament House on Tuesday.
In his opening remarks Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani underscored the need to make the Committee system more robust and efficient to effectively perform its functions more efficiently. He said that Senate is the House of Federation and has raised effective voice for federating units playing active role in national integration.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla, Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq also emphasized the need to further strengthen Committees of Senate. The meeting was also attended by Chairpersons of Senate Standing Committees, Functional Committees and Special Committees, Secretary Senate Muhammad Anwar and senior officers of Senate Secretariat.
Chairman Senate observed that Committees discuss and debate important issues. The Council, however, decided to examine existing rules pertaining to Committees and suggest amendments, if needed, to make Committees more powerful. A sub-Committee was constituted in this regard which comprises of Senators Farooq H. Naek, Javed Abbasi, Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif and Waleed Iqbal.
Secretary Senate Muhammad Anwar also briefed the Committee about the implementation status of recommendations of previous meeting.