BNU bill presented in Punjab Assembly
LAHORE: One new bill and three amendment bills were presented to the Punjab Assembly on Monday by Muhammad Basharat Raja, the law minister, and Rana Shamshad Ahmad Khan, the transport minister.
The new bill was Beacon House National University Lahore Bill and the three amendment bills were the Anticorruption Establishment Bill, Urban Immovable Property Tax Bill, and the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance 2005.
Rai Ejaz, who was in the speaker’s chair, forwarded the bills to standing committees and directed them to submit reports within a month. Raja also presented the Punjab Ombudsman office’s annual report for 2003 to the house.
The Beacon House National University Lahore Bill will establish a private university in Lahore to teach Architecture and Design, Education, Information and Computer Technologies, Liberal Arts, Media and Mass Communication, and Visual Art. The bill states that the jurisdiction of the university will be restricted to Punjab and the Punjab governor will be its chancellor.
The amendment to the Punjab Urban Immovable Property Tax Bill will relieve owners of houses under five marlas from property tax and the amendment to the Punjab Anti Corruption Establishment Bill will upgrade the post of director to director general.
The amendment to the Provincial Motor Vehicles Ordinance 2005 will empower the government to regulate stage carriages to reduce traffic congestion and improve the road transport system. The regulation will allow adequate seating arrangements to be made for women and the disabled.