Senate passes abolition of discretionary quotas in housing schemes bill

Islamabad: The Senate resumed its session in Islamabad Monday afternoon with Chairman Syed Nayyar Hussain Bukhari in the chair.

The house unanimously passed “The Abolition of the Discretionary Quotas in Housing Schemes Bill, 2012”. The Bill provides for the abolition of all discretionary quotas in housing schemes in the public sector.

“The Regulation of Foreign Contribution Bill, 2013” was introduced in the House. The bill provides to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution by Non-Governmental Organizations for any activities detrimental to the national interest and for matters connected. The chair referred the bill to the Standing Committee concerned.

Both the bills were moved by Leader of the Opposition Muhammad Ishaq Dar.
Meanwhile, the Senate passed an amendment in sub rule 1 of 165 in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the House. The motion was moved by Haji Muhammad Adeel.

Speaking in the house, Senator Farhatullah Babar told that over 85 journalists have been killed in the country in a decade.

He said the demand of journalists are legitimate and former Prime Minister had promised them a housing society.

He said the government needs to devise a strategy for setting the compensation, cases and other matters of slain journalists.

He said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting should release the funds for allowances of APP employees.

Farhatullah Babar said he along with Finance Minister held talks with representatives of media who were protesting outside the Parliament House. He said the Finance Minister has assured that if this matter is brought to the ministry by today Tuesday, the funds would be released.