Parliamentary output requires effective, proactive standing committees: Speaker NA

APP66-21 ISLAMABAD: March 21 - Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser addressing the inaugural ceremony of the orientation workshop on functions and working of standing committees organised for chairpersons of the committees at PIPS. APP

ISLAMABAD, Mar 21 (APP):Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser Thursday said Parliament being the representative of people should legislate for welfare of the masses and the role of standing committees could not be denied in this regard. 
He said standing committees were the backbone in functioning of Parliament and scrutiny especially of the executive was of prime importance. “To scrutinize and in making the legislation realistic the standing committees can play a proactive role, ”he added.
He expressed these views while addressing the inaugural ceremony of a two day workshop “Orientation on Functions and Working of Standing Committees “organized for the chairpersons of the standing committees of the National Assembly at Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services here.
The Speaker said it was his priority to strengthen the standing committees in National Assembly and he stressed on working on out of the box solutions to resolve the issues faced during working of the standing committees.
He said role of chairpersons in the functioning of these committees was of prime importance therefore they should be well aware of the functions of their respective committees.
He assured the chairpersons that the standing committees would be provided expertise and research based input.
He assured the chairpersons that he would hold regular meetings with them to resolve the issues hampering the working of committees.
The chairpersons hoped that the Speaker would continue his efforts to strengthen the standing committees. They also put forth the issues faced by them during the working of the committees and gave fruitful suggestions to strengthen committee system and assured the Speaker their all out cooperation and support in this regard.
The chairpersons present in the workshop were: Syed Amin Ul Haque, Chairman Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat, Faiz Ullah, Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs, Malik Muhammad Ehsan Ullah Tiwana, Chairman Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Sajid Hussain Turi, Chairman Standing Committee on Industries and Production, Riaz Fatyana, Chairman Standing Committee on Law and Justice, Muhammad Mueen Watto, Chairman Standing Committee on Railways, Sajid Mehdi Chairman Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Sajid Khan, Chairman Standing Committee on States and Frontier Regions and Syed Mustafa Mehmood, Chairman Standing Committee on Privatization.