Event Title: Senator Mian Raza Rabbani Presides Over Meeting of Senate Functional Committee on Delegated Legislation at Parliament House.
Event Date: 2023-03-03
The Senate Functional Committee on Delegated Legislation, under the Chairmanship of Senator Mian Raza Rabbani, convened on Friday to examine the delegated legislation of selected attached departments of the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training. After a thorough examination, the committee presented a rigorous report, raising various queries regarding regulations that are not in accordance with their parent acts.
During the meeting, the committee discussed the Islamabad Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2013. The committee members noted that the Private Educational Institutions (Registration and Fee Determination) Rules, 2016 were challenged by private educational institutions through a writ petition, and the Islamabad High Court declared several sub-rules ultra vires to their parent act, including the schedule II of the rules. The court directed the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training to rectify the inconsistencies. The committee raised concerns about that why such rules were not amended in light of court’s orders. The Ministry assured the committee that draft rules will be forwarded to Ministry of Law for input within one week to which Secretary, Ministry of Law assured the Committee that opinion will be given on such rules within one week. Committee gave timelines to both the Ministries to complete the said task.
The committee also raised a query about the status of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Employees Service Regulations, 1989, which apparently had not been repealed by the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Employees Service Regulations, 2005. The officials were not able to provide a satisfactory reply to the queries. The committee expressed its reservation on unpreparedness of the officers.
The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission Act, 2011, and the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission Employees (Service) Regulations, 2018, were also examined during the meeting. The committee pointed out that the provisos of some rules were in contradiction with the regulations of 2018, and queries were raised about regular, contract, and probation periods. The DG NAVTTC ensured that a report would be provided within ten days.
Overall, the meeting was productive, and the committee's rigorous analysis and inquiries will lead to further improvements in subordinate legislation.
Committee meeting was attended by Senators, Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani, Rubina Khalid, and Senator Keshoo Bai, Secretary Law, Officials from Ministry of Federal Education and its various attached departments.