KP CM to review rules prepared under provincial govt laws


PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan has ordered all concerned departments to present rules and regulations prepared under the laws implemented by the provincial government in the provincial cabinet’s next meeting.

Presiding over a meeting regarding provincial laws at the CM’s Secretariat on Wednesday, Mahmood Khan stressed the need for a speedy pace of legislation to fill the legal vacuum in the newly merged districts of the erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Malakand Division.

Provincial Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Sultan Mohammad Khan, law secretary and other concerned authorities attended the meeting.

In this connection, the chief minister also directed for a joint meeting of provincial assembly members from Malakand Division and concerned departments including law, finance and home affairs to prepare feasible laws with mutual consultations.

The meeting was told that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has promulgated a total of 171 laws while forming 76 rules under 76 different laws, which after scrutiny have been handed over to concerned departments during the last five years.

The meeting was further told that due to the dissolution of the previous provincial assembly, the approval of 31 laws could not be approved by the previous government.

The present government, it was told had implemented KP Finance Amendment Act, 2018 and an ordinance namely KP Youth Affairs Management while seven bills were still pending with the provincial assembly.

The meeting was further told that the Department of Law had scrutinised 24 bills of different departments while 8 different ordinances, 14 notifications, 6 rules, 7 draft service rules and 6 draft agreements have also been vetted.

On the keen interest of the CM, the meeting was told rules and constitution under the rules of Senior Citizens Law had also been vetted.

The chief minister directed guaranteeing fast progress on the Senior Citizens Act and other rules and laws and directed the presentation of rules prepared under different laws in the next cabinet meeting. He also directed that the laws which are lacking rules should be formed timely.

The chief minister especially directed the constitution of an organisation under the Whistle Blower Act to guarantee the implementation of this important law. He explained that the formulation of rules under the laws and implementation is the responsibility of the concerned department.

He directed all departments to present their rules of laws for timely approval in the cabinet meeting and evolved a strategy for their implementations.

The matter of the implementation of the payment of honoraria announced by the previous government for the Khateebs of mosques also came under discussion in the meeting. The chief minister directed the evolving of implementation procedure for the purpose.