Politics

Sindh Assembly starts budget debate

Islamabad, June 18, 2021 (PPI-OT):The Provincial Government debated the budget statement for the financial year 2021-22 on Friday, observes Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in Daily Factsheet.

Following are key observations of the House proceedings during 11th sitting of the 21st session:

Members’ Participation

The House met for three hours and 25 minutes.

The sitting started at 03:15 pm against the scheduled time of 02:00 pm.

The speaker chaired the proceedings for an hour and 58 minutes while the opposition leader presided over the rest of the sitting.

The leader of the House (Chief Minister) was absent.

The opposition leader attended the proceedings for an hour and two minutes.

As many as 45 MPAs (27 percent) were present at the outset and 26 (15 percent) at the adjournment of the sitting.

The parliamentary leaders of PPPP, PTI, MQMP, GDA, and MMAP were present while the leader of TLP did not attend the sitting.

Eight out of nine minority lawmakers attended the proceedings.

Representation and Responsiveness

Thirteen lawmakers – PPPP (8), PTI (3) and GDA (2) – participated in general discussion on budget for the financial year 2021-22 as well as supplementary budget for the financial year 2020-21. They consumed two hours and 45 minutes of the proceedings.

Order and Institutionalization

A PTI lawmaker spoke on a point of order for one minute related to non-provision of hard copies of complete budget documents.

The House was adjourned to meet again on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm.

Transparency

‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.

The attendance of lawmakers was available to the media and observers.

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