ISLAMABAD - The national assembly standing committee on rules of procedure and privileges has bound all the federal secretaries, chief secretaries of all provinces and inspectors generals of provinces to take serious notice on the complaints of members of parliaments, The Nation learnt.

Documents available with The Nation reveal that a meeting of national assembly standing committee on rules of procedure and privileges was held on 24th December, 2014 at the Parliament House. The committee discussed the question of privilege raised by MNA Nawab Muhammad Yousaf Talpur regarding failing to connect to Niaz Memon, XEN irrigation Mithrao Division, District Umerkot, Sindh, via telephone as the XEN hesitates to attend his calls.

The NA body says in its letter that the committee members took a very serious notice of the fact that there is a general complaint that the members of the parliament are not shown the respect and regard which is required for due performance of their duties as representatives of the people. Failing to attend their telephone calls and failing to take immediate action to redress the grievances of the people of their constituencies by public servants would be considered a serious breach of the privilege of the members of the parliament.

The committee observed that these observations may be brought to the notice of the federal secretaries, chief secretaries and IGs police for strict compliance. Sources informed this scribe that NA body has served this notice to all federal and provincial level divisions and authorities to attend the telephone calls of all MPs and take strict action on the their complaints, otherwise relevant officials would be ready for departmental action.