Meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation
Islamabad : Senate Delegated Legislation Committee condemned the bulldozing of the legislation by placing the bill on the supplementary agenda, without providing bills before hand or issuing any notices. “No notices or circulars are issued and the bill is provided while the motion is read in the House by the Minister” Stated Senator Raza Rabbani and further said that the observation of the courts on legislation is the same and legislation should not be done this way. The Chairman Committee said that he will write a letter to the Minister, Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly to systemize and restore the procedure of passing the bill in the Parliament as provided under the Constitution, 1973.
The Senate Standing Committee on delegated legislation met on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Senator Raza Rabbani here at the Parliament House and confirmed the minutes of the meeting held on 29th November 2022. The Chairman Committee pointed out that in the brief submitted there are several rules and regulations while parent acts are missing. He said that it is mandatory to study the parent act in order to determine whether the rules and regulations are in conformity with the parent act, and no law is in excess or any violation has been drafted. He said that while providing the rule and regulations parent act and subsequent legislation is required. The chairman committee also inquired on the notification of singular National curriculum and apprehended it was unconstitutional. The committee also required that before circulating the brief it should be more systematic and cut short in packets containing first the parent act followed by subsequent rules and regulations.
The committee also inquired on the update on the recommendations of the committee made to the Federal Government and discussed the recommendations of annexing the rules and regulations with the Bill or within 6 months of the Bill.
The committee also deliberated on the lengthy procedure of the private members bill. The ministry said that since the legislation is being done through the Parliament. It is important that the concerned ministry should be proactive, support the bill and promptly respond by taking the bill to the Cabinet.
The committee also inquired update of the website and App developed by the Ministry of Law to which the official apprised that the website is operational and upgraded. The App is on trial and is expected to be functional by one week. The ministry informed that the app will save money of young lawyers and students and will be accessible to foreign students as well.
The meeting is attended by Senators Molvi Faiz Muhammad, Rubina Khalid, Kesho Bai, Prof. Dr. Mehr Taj Roghani and Senator Shaheen Khalid Butt. Senior Officials of the Ministry and attached departments were also in attendance.