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Sindh Assembly Addresses 56 Percent Agenda during 4th Session

• 51 lawmakers remain inactive during the proceedings

ISLAMABAD, May 21, 2019: The Provincial Assembly of Sindh transacted 56 percent of its scheduled business during 49-sitting fourth session that continued between January 9, 2019 and May 18, 2019. The House passed 11 government bills and held pre-budget debate consuming 16 percent of the proceedings. Almost each sitting of the session witnessed protest during the proceedings by treasury and opposition lawmakers who exchanged heated arguments while debating various parliamentary interventions. The proceedings remained suspended for three hours and eight minutes (two percent) due to the prayer breaks and lack of quorum.

The regular agenda brought before the House during fourth session comprised 15 government bills and three private members’ bills, 64 resolutions, 149 Call Attention Notices (CANs), 15 reports of House committees, ten amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, 24 private motions and 10 Questions of Privilege.

Of 168 lawmakers, 117 (70 percent) including 88 men and 29 women actively participated in the proceedings of the House by sponsoring various parliamentary interventions and/or contributing in the debates. The active lawmakers belonged to PPPP (60), PTI (26), MQM (17), GDA (11), TLP (two) and one from MMA.

On the other hand, as many as 51 (30 percent) participants did not contributed in the proceedings throughout the session. The lawmakers who did not participate in the proceedings belonged to PPPP (39), MQM and PTI (four each), GDA (three) while one from TLP.

The House proceedings commenced with an average delay of an hour and 26 minutes in each sitting while none of the sitting started on its scheduled time. The maximum delay of three hours and 30 minutes was witnessed during 32nd sitting. The shortest sitting during the session i.e. 33rd sitting, continued for only one minute, whereas the longest sitting i.e. 44th sitting, continued for ten hours and 14 minutes.

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