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Day-care rooms for working women made obligatory.

Byline: Naeem Ullah

LAHORE -- While rejecting all amendments proposed by the opposition in Punjab Assembly (PA), the House passed "The Punjab Shops and Establishment (Amendment) Bill 2013" here on Thursday and made it obligatory for all organizations to establish 'Day Care Rooms' which are employing over 24 women.

Speaker Rana Iqbal chaired the PA session on Thursday which started one hour and 27 minutes late to its schedule. Besides the bill, the House also held Question Hour about the Urban Development, Hosing and Public health Engineering Departments. The provincial minister Tanveer Aslam answered queries.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah moved the bill in the house which was passed with majority while rejecting amendments proposed by members of opposition. The bill allows working ladies to carry their children, of less than six years of age, to carry along at the business point.

Members from opposition benches offered amendments to declare the DCR as "Day Care Centre" (DCC) for enhance the level of facilities which would be provided there.

They demanded health and sports facilities for children of the women workers and also asked to provide a break of half an hour after every three hours so the female workers could really take care of their children.

Provincial law minister moved another bill according to which the limits of different fines have also been increased from Rs 5,000 to Rs 20,000 on the violation of the laws and rules and regulations. During question answer session, the Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Public health Engineering informed House that the government had constituted a 'Master Plan' for describing cities' limitation.

Pertaining to the LDA Plaza fire tragedy, he underscored that Show Cause Notices to 16 responsible officials had been served. They include LDA's Assistant Controller, Deputy Director, Electrical Supervisor and others. He stated that application for FIR registration against 14 people was also filed.

In response of queries about Ashiyana Housing Schemes, the minister said that the government was in process to locate land for the scheme in Bahawalpur and Vehari districts. Against a query about the sewerage system of Lahore, he replied that the government had not established any sewerage drain for Lahore in account of less recourse.

Meanwhile, PTI member and the opposition leader in PA, Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed and legislator Arif Abasi criticized the extension of Metro Bus Service (MBS) to other cities as well as its construction in Lahore. They claimed that this project was only serving less than one per cent people out of 15 million residents in Lahore.

They strongly opposed the extension work on the same project at Azadi Chowk and Chaungi Amr Saddu with huge amount of Rs 7 billions. Member opposition from Rawalpindi, Arif Abbasi, on a point of order said that the Pindi city did not need to such project. Government should construct Express Highway with the hefty amount of Rs 12 billion instead of Metro Bus Project. He also demanded the provincial government to create opportunities of employment for jobless youth of his city.

Jamaat Islami Pakistan (JIP) backed opposition member Dr Waseem Akhtar also highlighted the issue of privatization policy of the government claimed the government was set to privatize about 35 institution including WAPDA and PIA on the IMF dictation.
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Date:Feb 14, 2014
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