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Parliamentary Working Group To Highlight Issues of Peace, Sustainable Development Through Legislative Oversight In Punjab

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LAHORE– The multi-party Parliamentary Working Group (PWG) launched by the Sustainable Social Development Organization (SSDO) in collaboration with the Punjab Assembly has begun working on the issues of peace and sustainable development in the assembly.

The members of the Punjab Assembly have filed 40 questions and resolutions to question the performance of public offices in the implementation of laws made under National Action Plan (NAP) to counter violent extremism in Punjab.

These questions are related to implementation of vigilance committees act, curriculum reforms, loudspeaker act, countering hate speech, and temporary residents act.

Syed Kausar Abbas, the Executive Director SSDO, told a group of parliamentary reporters that the laws made by the Punjab government under NAP have not been implemented by the departments at local and district level.

“These laws need to be implemented on immediate basis to strengthen the peace process and counter violent extremism at local level in Punjab.”

The effective legislative oversight can help improve implementation of laws and gauge the performance of public officers for improved implementation of laws, he said, adding SSDO would provide regular technical support to the members of PA to strengthen the legislative oversight for building peace and sustainable development.

Speaking on the occasion, Director Parliamentary Affairs Inayat Ullah Lak said the legislative oversight is an important tool to improve implementation of laws and public service delivery at local and provincial level.

He said PA has quite effective tools and the members need to practice these tools to highlight the issues of their constituencies as well as districts to improve public related issues at grass root level.

The parliamentarians can file questions, submit adjournment motions, resolutions and introduce private member bills. Every member of treasury and opposition benches has equal right to use legislative oversight tools.

Lak appreciated SSDO interventions in PA to support members and the assembly secretariat to strengthen legislative oversight for peace and sustainable development in Punjab.

He also extended cooperation to young parliamentary reporters for understanding of legislative tools and rules of business for better reporting of assembly proceedings.

Lak said reporters covering Punjab Assembly proceedings could approach him for any sort of assistance in seeking knowledge.

President of the press gallery committee of the Punjab Assembly, Mian Aslam also spoke on the occasion while Secretary Faizan Bangash also participated.— LAHORE MIRROR REPORT