KARACHI: The Sindh government presented the first Quarterly Budget Execution Report to the provincial assembly on Friday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in its daily factsheet.
Following are the key observations of the house proceedings during the third sitting of the 37th session.
The Sindh Assembly met for two hours and six minutes while the proceedings remained suspended for three minutes due to azaan.
The sitting started at 1139 hours against the scheduled time of 1000 hours.
The speaker presided over the sitting for an hour and two while the rest of the proceedings were chaired by the deputy speaker.
The leader of the house (chief minister) and the opposition leader did not attend the sitting. As many as 39 (23%) lawmakers were present at the outset and 41 (25%) at the adjournment of the sitting. The parliamentary leaders of PPP, MQM and PTI attended the sitting. Seven minority members were also present. Two members applied for leave.
The minister for parliamentary affairs presented the Budget Execution Report for the first quarter of the financial year 2017-2018.
Introduced by the minister for parliamentary affairs, the house passed the Sindh Institute of Traumatology Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Bill, 2017.
The chair informed the house about the assent of the Sindh governor on six bills.
The house took up five starred questions related to the social welfare department for answers during the question hour. The lawmakers asked ten supplementary questions as well.
The house took up three call attention notices (CANs) regarding the vacant posts of the primary teachers in Khairpur, damaged water supply lines in North Nazimabad Karachi and the 1894 children reportedly gone missing in 2017.
Two other CANs on the agenda were not addressed.
The chair rejected a privilege motion of a PTI lawmaker regarding the distribution of development funds by the Sindh government among MPAs from treasury benches.
The chair rejected an adjournment motion sponsored by a PML-F lawmaker.
Three lawmakers spoke on as many points of order consuming eight minutes of the proceedings.