Two bills presented in PA

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Two bills were presented in the Punjab Assembly during its Monday’s session.

Provincial Minister Malik Nadeem Kamran presented the bills which were Parks and Horticulture Authority (Amend) Bill 2014 and Ordinance Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre 2014.

Both the Bills were referred to the assembly’s standing committees.

The session began 45 minutes behind its schedule with Speaker Rana Muhammed Iqbal in the chair.

Answering the questions by members provincial Energy Minister Sher Ali Khan said, after 18th amendment, the Punjab government was installing power generating plants to meet electricity demand.

He said, National Transmission and Distribution company was under control of the federal government therefore, he said, central government was authorised for supply and distribution of electricity.

He said, there is no bar on developing energy related projects in the province. He said, according to an estimate made with the assistance of Australian company, Punjab has 53,958 million coal reserves.

He replied to a question that hefty amount was being used on providing electricity through waterfalls at canals and barrages.

The minister told another member that NEPRA had yet not allowed net metering for solar energy.

On a point of order, PML-Q member Waqas Hassan Molkal condemned the Faisalabad incident and said a precious human life had been lost. Another member Khudija Farooqi also expressed dismay over the Faisalabad incident.

Jamaat-e-Islami parliamentary leader Dr Waseem Akhtar said PTI and PML-N workers clash could be averted with effective strategy and planning. He said such incidents are not good for democracy. The member also staged a token walkout over the incident but he was brought back by the other members.

On unanimous demand from treasury and opposition members, the chair fixed Monday the day for general debate on agriculture policy.

On completion of the agenda, the speaker adjourned the session till Tuesday morning.