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Punjab Assembly Passes Local Government Bills

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Islamabad
The Provincial Assembly of Punjab passed two government bills including the Local Government Bill, 2019 on Tuesday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its Daily Factsheet.
The House met for two hours and five minutes. The sitting started at 1527 hours against the scheduled time of 1400 hours. The Speaker presided over the entire sitting while the Deputy Speaker was also present.
The Leader of the House did not attend the proceedings. The Leader of the Opposition attended the proceedings for 55 minutes. As many as 183 MPAs (49%) were present at the outset and 160 (43%) at the adjournment of the sitting.
The parliamentary leaders of PPPP and PRHP attended the sitting. As many as five out of eight minority lawmakers attended the sitting. Moved by the Minister for Law, the House passed the Punjab Local Government Bill, 2019 and the Punjab Village Panchayats and Neighbourhood Councils Bill, 2019 as recommended by the Standing Committee on Local Government and Community Development. As many as four lawmakers – PML-N three and PTI one – debated the Local Government Bill, 2019 for 36 minutes.
The Ministers for Forestry, Wildlife & Fisheries, and Information & Culture responded to 12 out of 15 Starred Questions while the remaining three questions were disposed of due to absence of the movers. The lawmakers asked 25 supplementary questions as well. The Minister for Health responded to an Adjournment Motion of a PTI lawmaker regarding lack of paramedical staff in Tehsil Headquarter Hospital, Pattoki.



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