Punjab Assembly Begins Debate on Budget 2016-17

ISLAMABAD, June 16, 2016: The Punjab Assembly began the general discussion on the Budget 2016-17 on Thursday during second sitting of 22nd session, says Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN).

Following are some key observations of the House proceeding:

Members’ Participation in House Proceedings

  • The Punjab Assembly met for four hours and 20 minutes.
  • The sitting started at 1139 hours against the scheduled time 1100 hours.
  • The Speaker presided over the sitting for three hours and 21 minutes while the Deputy Speaker chaired the rest of the proceeding.
  • The Chief Minister did not attend the sitting,
  • The Leader of the Opposition attended the sitting for three hours.
  • The Finance Minister attended the entire sitting.
  • 29 MPAs (7%) were present at outset and 12 (3%) at adjournment of the sitting.
  • The parliamentary leaders of PML-Z and PPPP attended the sitting.
  • Four minority members were present.

Representation and Responsiveness

  • The Leader of the Opposition started the general discussion on the Budget 2016-17 and spoke for two hours and 52 minutes. Nine other lawmakers – seven belonging to PML-N and one each to PPPP and PML-Z – also took part in the discussion consuming 72 minutes.

Order and Institutionalization

  • A PML-N lawmaker staged walkout at 1540 hours to register his protest against ignoring his constituency in allocation of development schemes.


  • ‘Orders of the Day’ was available to the legislators, observers and public.
  • Information on Members’ attendance is available on National Assembly website.

The daily factsheet is based on direct observation of the Punjab Assembly proceedings conducted by PATTAN Development Organization – a member organization of FAFEN. Errors and omissions are regretted.