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- Friday, August 30, 2013 - From Print Edition


LAHORE: PUNJAB Assembly on Thursday passed Police Order (amendment) Bill 2013 enabling the government to recruit Sub-Inspectors through Public Service Commission to be appointed as SHOs after proper training.


The opposition members have moved five amendments in it and they criticised the government for creating different tiers which would cause rift among the employees. Mian Aslam Iqbal was of the opinion that the government should fill in the vacant posts in the Police department through promotion instead of inducting Sub-Inspectors directly which would cause unrest among those who would not be promoted and affect their performance.


He claimed that the Police Order 2001 had already caused differences among various police officers as DPOs were not coming under the direct control of the IGP. Nevertheless, the Law Minister Rana Sana opposed the opposition’s point of view and said that they were inducting 50 percent of the total posts through direct induction by the PPSC, 25 percent through promotions of ASI while the remaining 25 percent posts would be filled through promoting the constables.


He claimed that the constables possessing graduation degree would be eligible for appearing in the PPSC examination while the government would give them relaxation in age. He further claimed that they had also changed the procedure of changing the investigations through Board. Now the DPO can change the investigation. The investigations could be changed only for twice and no more beyond it.


During the process of debate on the Police Order (Amendment) Bill 2013, the opposition members started lengthy speeches due to which the Law Minister had to intervene urging them to remain on the topic. Moreover, there was repetition in the speeches of opposition members which were making identical speeches on same amendments. PML-N MPA Malik Muhammad Ahmed from Kasur also pointed out to the Speaker Rana Iqbal that under the rules of procedures he had the authority to interrupt the members doing repetition.


He claimed that the assembly rules enabled any member from the House to speak on any amendment as it was not the prerogative of opposition members or the movers. He urged the Speaker to give ruling on it.


Afterwards, the assembly passed the bill with majority vote rejecting all the amendments proposed by the opposition. Punjab Assembly discussed the performance of Health department during the question-answer session.