FAFEN Report on 27th NA Session 69% Agenda Left Unaddressed

ISLAMABAD, January 9, 2011: The National Assembly left more than two thirds (69%) of the items listed on the agenda, unaddressed, primarily due to the excessive use of Points of Orders, which consumed 40% of the total Session time during 27th Session of National Assembly, which concluded here Friday.

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27th Session of NA Points of Order consume entire eleventh sitting

The sitting started an hour and 30 minutes late against the stipulated time of 1700 hours and lasted for an hour and four minutes. Although the attendance of the Members was relatively better, as compared to the previous sittings, the Members only raised Points of Order to debate upon the petroleum prices and disregarded most of the regular agenda. There were 174 Members present at the outset and a maximum of 234 Members’ attendance was recorded at one point during the sitting.

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NA Suspends Regular Agenda Due to Death of Governor Punjab

ISLAMABAD, January 4, 2011: The National Assembly suspended the regular agenda due to the tragic death of the Governor, Punjab in a terrorist attack. The House only met for six minutes, with relatively better attendance of Members. There were 117 present on the onset of the sitting, while 131 were present when the sitting was adjourned.

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Inadequate Maternity Care Infrastructure at BHUs

ISLAMABAD, January 2, 2011: Basic Health Units (BHUs) across the country are significantly deficient in the provision of maternity services as a significant percentage of the BHUs monitored during November 2010 lacked essential infrastructure and supplies such as labor rooms and delivery kits that are critical to safe child births.

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8th Sitting Quorum issue persists but not pointed out

ISLAMABAD, December 31, 2010: The National Assembly met for an hour and 53 minutes with low-attendance during the eighth sitting of the ongoing 27th session. There were only 45 Members present at the outset, and 82 were present when the sitting was adjourned. The Quorum was visibly lacking at various stages of the sitting, but it was not pointed out by any of the Members. A maximum of 119 Members’ attendance was recorded at one point during the sitting.

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Onion, Sugar, Potato Prices Decrease in December

ISLAMABAD, December 31, 2010: The prices of onion and sugar, which significantly increased during the past few months, considerably decreased in December, 2010. Nationwide, as many as 17 commodities including potato, onion, sugar, pulses and meat came down by an average of 7% during December as compared to their respective prices in November 2010, says FAFEN’s Retail Price Monitor released here Friday.

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Points of Order Consume 52% Time of Low Attendance 7th Sitting

ISLAMABAD, December 29, 2010: The National Assembly met for two hours and 52 minutes in the 7th sitting of the ongoing Session. The sitting witnessed low attendance of members with only 21% of the legislators present at the outset of the sitting and 23% present when the sitting was adjourned. A maximum of 47% MNAs were present in the House when the Prime Minister was present. The Quorum was visible lacking at various stages of the sitting, but was not pointed out by any of the Members.

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