Punjab Assembly rejects resolution against petroleum price hike

  • Govt to accomplish 131 new sports development schemes, parliamentary secretary tells PA


LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday rejected a resolution against the recent increase in the petroleum prices amidst the opposition’s protest.

While the deputy speaker presided over the entire sitting in absence of the provincial assembly speaker, the Punjab chief minister did not attend the sitting.

The leader of the opposition attended the proceedings for 45 minutes and as many as 15 MPAs (4%) were present at the outset and 10 (3%) at the adjournment of the sitting.

The House rejected a resolution moved by the opposition leader seeking the withdrawal of the recent increase in the prices of petroleum products.

The chair disposed of four private members’ resolutions due to the absence of the concerned lawmakers.

As many as three out of nine starred questions were taken up for answers during the proceedings while six starred questions were disposed of due to the absence of the movers. The lawmakers also asked eight supplementary questions.

The parliamentarian raised nine points of order consuming eight minutes of the proceedings.

The lawmakers of the opposition staged a protest and a walkout against the government’s reply to the resolution on the petroleum price hike.

It is pertinent to mention that the 12th sitting of the 34th session of the current assembly started 25 minutes behind its scheduled time.

Govt to accomplish 131 new sports development schemes: PA told

Earlier, the Punjab Assembly was told that the Punjab sports department would accomplish 131 development schemes including stadia, grounds and complex during the current financial year 2017-18.

The work on these schemes would soon be underway while a sum of Rs9603.518 million has been allocated, said the Youth Affairs and Sports Parliamentary Secretary Sarfraz Chaudhry while replying to the queries by lawmakers during the question hour.

He said that healthy sports activities guaranteed a healthy nation, and so, the government had earmarked a hefty amount for the promotion of sports at the grassroots level.

Responding to a query by Begum Khoula Amjad, Sarfraz Chaudhry said a cricket ground for women cricketers was also on the card.

However, the government and the district administrations were providing best facilities to women cricketers.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary for Zakat and Ushr Raja Muhammad Owais replying to questions regarding his department said that a transparent mode of Zakat distribution among the needy and deserving was being pursued.