NA asks govt to lift ban on YouTube

Islamabad: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution calling upon the government to take immediate steps to lift ban on YouTube.

The resolution was moved by Shazia Marri. The House passes a resolution calling upon government to take immediate steps to lift ban on YouTube.

Two more bills were introduced in the House . “The Compulsory Blood Test for the Relatives of Thalassemia Patients Bill, 2014”, provides for the compulsory blood test for the relatives of the Thalassemia Patients.

“The Child Protection System Bill, 2014”, provides to enact the child protection system act to promote child rights and protect child at risk in Islamabad Capital Territory.

The House passed another resolution calling upon the government to take steps to immediately make increase in the basic salaries of the federal government employees in proportion to price hike. It was moved by Tahira Bukhari.

Earlier, speaking on the resolution, Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said the government is sincerely considering the increase in the salaries of federal government employees.

He said the government will provide relief to all the government employees according to the available resources.

Meanwhile, replying to a call attention notice moved by Syed Naveed Qamar and others regarding closing of a number Sales Offices of PIA in various parts of the country resulting in unemployment and hardships for passengers, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that the offices were closed because of lack of passengers in those areas and the offices were going in loss.

He, however, said the government will review the issue and will take appropriate measures in this regard.

The National Assembly also discussed issue of delay in the delivery of textbooks to the students of the Government Schools in Islamabad.

Initiating the discussion the mover Nafeesa Inayatullah Khattak said that National Book Foundation has been assigned the responsibility to print the books but most of the books have not been printed yet.

She said NBF is demanding the payment that is 55 million rupees. She said due to non-availability of the books the precious time of the students is being wasted.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that government has decided to provide free education up to matric and is planning to provide number of facilities to the students.

He said the issue of the textbooks will be taken up immediately and appropriate measures will be taken to provide books to the students at the earliest.

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