ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Industries and Production expressed serious concerns over the increase in the price of fertiliser, especially DAP skyrocketing to Rs6,700 per bag and sugar to Rs120 per kg, and urged the government for taking strong note of the alarming situation.
The 18th meeting of the Standing Committee on Industries and Production of the National Assembly was held under the acting chairmanship of Usama Qadri, here on Thursday.
The committee member, Rana Mohammad Ishaq Khan, said that farmers are getting DAP at Rs6,700 per bag with which it is difficult for them to complete wheat sowing.
He said that in such situation, wheat crisis is looming over the country. The DAP prices are being increase at a rate of Rs100 per day, which is cruel.
Khan further said that sugar is being sold at Rs120 per kg in the market and the prices are being increase at Rs5 per day. The government should take strong note of the situation, he added.
He also expressed displeasure at the absence of the minister and the secretary Ministry of Industries and Production in the meeting of the committee.
MNA Amjad Ali Khan, mover of the bill, “The Export Processing Zones Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2019” apprised the committee about the salient features of the said bill.
He said that subject to the Constitution primarily Majlis-e-Shura (Parliament) has the exclusive power to make laws with respect to any matter in the Federal Legislative List, frequently enactments empower the government, or specified bodies or office-holders to make rules to carry out the purposes, thereof, popularly known as delegated, secondary or subordinate legislation.
He further informed that the rules of both the National Assembly and the Senate provided that delegated legislation may be examined by the Committees concerned, but practically no effective parliamentary oversight has been made.
Further, in the prevalent legal system it is also a departure from the principle of separation of powers that laws should be made by the elected representatives of the people in Parliament and not by the executive government.
In parliamentary democracies, the principle has been largely preserved through an effective system of parliamentary control of executive law-making, by making provision that copies of all subordinate legislations be laid before each House of the parliament within prescribed sitting days thereof, otherwise, they cease to have effect.
The representative from the Ministry of Law and Justice was also present in the meeting.
He invited the attention of the Committee towards the Article 99 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan clause (2) and (3) reproduced as under: “The [Federal Government] shall by rules specify the manner in which orders and other instruments made and executed [in the name of the President] shall be authenticated, and the validity of any order or instrument so authenticated shall not be questioned an any court on the grounds that it was not made or executed by the President.” “The Federal Government shall also make rules for the allocation and transaction of its business.”
After detailed discussion, the Committee decided that legal opinion from the Ministry of Law and Justice may be obtained on the bill.
The minister and the secretary law may also be invited in the meeting of the Committee for further deliberation in this regard.
The Committee deferred the agenda pertaining to point of order, moved by MNA Saira Bano, regarding the booking of MG vehicles for its next meeting, due to some official engagements of the mover.
The meeting was attended by Nasir Khan Musa Zai, Muhammad Abdul Ghafar Watto, Syed Mobeen Ahmed, Sahibzada Sibgatullah, Shandana Gulzar Khan, Sajida Begum, Aliya Hamza Malik, Amir Talal Gopang, Ali Gohar Khan, M Perviaz Malik, and Rana M Ishaq Khan, MNAs besides the senior officers from the Ministry of Industries and Production, Ministry of Law and Justice, and MG Automobile Industries.
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