Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has said that a bill for increasing the number of National and Provincial Assembly seats for Balochistan will be introduced during the coming session of the Senate. Consultation is being carried with all the parties in the Parliament in this regard. He expressed these views while talking to Chairmen of the Committees and the officials of Balochistan assembly who called on him here at Parliament on Wednesday. The members of delegation meeting the Chairman are attending a capacity building event tiled “Essentials of Effective Committee Performance for the Chairs / members of the provincial assembly of Balochistan at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) organized with the assistance of UNDP.
Chairman Senate said that in the proposed bill there is a consideration to increase a number of national assembly seats to 30 and that of the provincial assembly to 80. He said that there is a need for strong linkages and coordination among the provincial assemblies, national assembly and the senate for promoting democratic and parliamentary traditions in the country. He said that the Upper House of the Parliament would continue to play its effective role for this coordination among the federating units. He said that the Committee system in the Senate is very proactive and we are trying to share our experience with the provincial assemblies for effective law making at provincial level. He said that the PIPS will also organize courses for the bureaucracy and secretaries of the provincial assembly’s committees in addition to the members of the provincial assemblies. He said that the Institute will also organized special training programme for a joint group of the members of all provincial assemblies in Gwadar with the assistance of UNDP. He said that an amendment is also under consideration for making a parliamentary course mandatory for all the officer of the federal and provincial government as well as other public sector organizations to create awareness about the working of the parliament and implementation of the relevant laws.
Earlier, Additional Secretary Senate Hafeezullah Shaikh briefed the delegation about the working of the Committee system in the Upper House of the Parliament. The delegation headed by Syed Ahsan Shah included MPAs Ahmad Nawaz Baloch, Qadir Ali Nayel, Akbar Mengal, Secretary Provincial Assembly of Balochistan Safdar Hussain, Special Secretary Tahir Shah Kakar, Executive Director PIPS Muhammad Rashid Mafzool Zaka, UNDP representatives
and officials of the Balochistan Assembly.