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PM directs for revival of Tribunal for Disadvantaged Persons and Placement of Treaty Implementation Cell under the Cabinet Division

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has rejected the proposal of Ministry of Human Rights to abolish the Tribunal for Disadvantaged Persons. The Prime Minister, instead, has directed the Ministry for revival as well as proper functioning of Tribunal for Disadvantaged Persons to guarantee the rights of women, children and religious minorities. The Prime Minister while observing that government has a much greater duty of care towards its disadvantaged citizens, said that a revitalized Tribunal for Disadvantaged Persons can play a very effective role in helping the government deliver on its commitments under the Action Plan for Human Rights.Even though governmental responsibilities towards labour have been devolved to provinces under the 18th Constitutional Amendment, the federal government cannot give up its supervisory role with regard to the rights and welfare of labour, particularly in the domain of child labour and labour employed in extractive industries, the Prime Minister noted. The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Human Rights to establish an institutional mechanism to supervise and monitor the performance of provincial and regional governments in the area of labour welfare and protection of labour rights with a focus on labour employed in extractive industries and elimination of child labour. The Prime Minister has further directed Ministry of Human Rights to establish an institutional mechanism to deal effectively with matters relating to Pakistani citizens facing prosecution or undergoing punishment in foreign countries, and women & children belonging to terrorism-afflicted areas.Given the public policy significance of AEuros œTreaty Implementation CellAEuros �, the Prime Minister has directed to place the Cell in the Cabinet Division in order to make it more strengthened and centrally placed in the federal governmentAEuros �s policy formulation structure.The Cabinet Division and the Ministries of Human Rights and Commerce have been asked to take further necessary action at the earliest to implement the directions of the Prime Minister.

Source: Ministry of Information

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Finance Minister’s statement in Senate

Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has announced that the PML-N government will support inclusion of members of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly.In his policy statement in SenateA� Thursday, on behalf of the government, the Finance Minister stated that six members of Senate may be included in the PAC. The six members of Senate may include one each from the provinces as well as FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), so as to give representation to all areas/regions in the Senate, the House of the Federation. The treasury and opposition in the Senate may have an equal share of three members each. Finance Minister suggested that the Chairman Senate may select the six members in consultation with Parliamentary leaders, keeping in view the proportionate strength of political parties in the house and the House may elect such six members through due process as per Rules of Business and Procedure of Senate. He further proposed that the Rules of Business of the Senate as well as the National Assembly be amended to reflect the new arrangement.It may be recalled, that the proposal for representation of Senate in the Public Accounts Committee (PCA) has been under debate since last year. However, the present government under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has decided to honour the proposal of the Senate for inclusion of its members in the PAC. Senate passed the necessary amendments in its rules today, in order to give effect to the change which will be finalized once corresponding amendment is made by the National AssemblyA� in its Rules in the coming session.

Source: Ministry of Information

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