ISLAMABAD:(APS)FEB 12,2016-The National Assembly began its 29th session in Islamabad today, with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
At the outset of the proceedings, newly elected member National Assembly from Sindh Makhdoom Saeed-uz-Zaman took oath. The Speaker administered the oath.
The Speaker announced a panel of presiding officers for the current session. Its members are Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk, Muhammad Junaid Akbar Chaudhry, Dr Azhar Khan Jadoon, Nawab Yusuf Talpur, Iqbal Muhammad Ali and Ghazi Gulab Jamal.
The House offered Fateha for the departed souls of Fatima Surayya Bajia, PIA employees killed during protest and those killed in different terrorism incidents.
During question hour, Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid has said that the government is preparing a comprehensive plan to tackle the threats of climate change to the country.
He told the House that climate change poses a major threat to food, water, energy security, coastal and marine environment, dry land ecosystems, agriculture and livestock sector, forests, biodiversity and health.
The Minister said the government is implementing a national climate change policy in which steps have been suggested for every sector.
He pointed out that a national forest policy is also being formulated under which massive tree plantation will be carried out.
Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry told the House there are 109 illegal housing schemes in Islamabad.
He said through public notices, general public has been advised time and again to refrain from purchasing plots in schemes for which sponsors have not obtained NoC from CDA.
Answering a question, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said treatment facilities are being improved in public sector hospitals in Islamabad.
To a question, Minister of State for CADD the Prime Minister Educational Reform Programme is being implemented in Islamabad to uplift the standard of quality education.
Parliamentary Secretary for Railways, Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah Bukhari told the House that the government is going to make a joint venture with a big international firm for manufacturing of locomotives at Risalpur.
To a question, he said the present government has claimed the warranty and underframe of these 16 locomotives are being got replaced.
He pointed out that over 1.8 billion rupees foreign aid have been provided to Pakistan Railways for three projects.
Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Broadcasting Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha told the House that the Ministry spent over 2618 million rupees from June, 2013 to 31st January, 2016 on advertisements.
He said the ministry has fixed 25 percent quota for local newspapers to promote journalism in the country.
Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Imran Zafar Leghari and others, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that the Punjab Government has assured that there will be no damage to the heritage sites due to Orange Line Train project in Lahore.
He said the Punjab government is implementing the project from its own resources with the cooperation of China.
Replying to supplementary questions, the Minister assured that the federal government will not delay providing sovereign guarantee to the provincial governments for their welfare projects.
The National Assembly started discussion on motion regarding situation arising out of non-reduction in oil prices according to the falling prices in international market and enforcement of Essential Services Maintenance Act in PIA.
The motion was moved by Syed Naveed Qamar.
Initiating the debate, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah said the Parliament should be given due importance and all decisions should be made in the House.
He said the House was not taking into confidence on agreement regarding import of LNG from Qatar.
He criticized the government over passage of bill in haste to convert PIA into a public limited company. He also criticized the use of force against protesting PIA employees in which two employees lost their lives.
The Opposition Leader will continue his speech on Monday when the House meets at four in the afternoon.