NA Passes Bills Including CPECA Bill 2020

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NA passes bills including CPECA Bill 2020



Advisor to PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan has tabled the bills before National Assembly.

ISLAMABAD: (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News-Oct 29th, 2020) National Assembly passed three bills including China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority on Thursday.

Advisor to PM on Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Babar Awan had moved the bills before National Assembly for approval.

The National Assembly resumed its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad on Thursday, with Deputy Speaker Qasim Khan Suri in the chair. Two bills including China Pakistan Economic Corridor Authority Bill, 2020 and the Constitution (Twenty-sixth Amendment) bill were tabled before the National Assembly.

According to the reports, the House also passed three resolutions extending Public Procurement Regulatory (Amendment) Ordinance, the Public Private Partnership Authority (Amendment) Ordinance and the Corporate Restructuring Companies (Amendment) Ordinance for a period of one hundred and twenty days. Dr. Babar Awan moved the resolutions.

The NA also passed two bills including Emigration Amendment Bill and the Control of Narcotic Substances Amendment Bill.

Responding to a calling attention notice, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said the government brought a change in the drug policy under which the pharma companies cannot increase the prices of medicines without approval of relevant ministry.

He stated the prices of medicines have been rationalized to ensure their availability in the market. He said prices of eighty nine medicines have also been reduced. Responding to another calling attention notice, Ali Muhammad Khan said a law has been enacted to ensure the country produces quality doctors.

Taking the floor, Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhary asked the opposition parties to sit with the government for talks on electoral reforms and better future of the country. He, however, said no compromise will be made on their corruption cases.

The Minister said it is the right of the opposition to stage protests and criticize the government. However, they should not target the state. He regretted the language used against state institutions by the opposition parties in their protest gatherings.

The House was prorogued.

Fida Hussnain

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