ISLAMABAD - Some of the government benches lawmakers in Friday’s National Assembly session proposed to give power to parliamentary committee for deciding promotion cases of over 20-grade officials.

The treasury benches members at the fag end of proceedings, expressing reservations over the behaviour of bureaucrats, suggested giving power to parliamentary committee to decide the promotion of over 20-grade officials.

However, the opinion-cum-complaint floated by treasury benches MNAs was not accepted by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab.

Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, on point of order, drew attention of the house towards absence of secretaries in galleries. “Grade-22 officials are not present here. Fawad Hassan Fawad also needs to be here,” said a government MNA, expressing strong reservation over bureaucrats’ negligence towards lawmakers.

His remarks also gave courage to other treasury benches MNAs to speak on this issue. Opposition members also encouraged government members to further speak on it.

Najaf Sial, another MNA from the government side, also pointed out absence of secretaries/ joint secretaries in the house.

“Bureaucrats never give importance to MNAs. We (MNAs) after taking millions of votes elected as members of the house but these bureaucrats give no value to our work,” he said.

Sial said secretaries should ensure their presence in the Parliament during the session. Both the lawmakers strongly proposed to give power to parliamentary committee for deciding promotion cases of bureaucrats.

However, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said that the condition of linking promotion with the consent of parliamentary committee could only be implemented after amendment in rules.

“Amendment in rules is the only way for giving power to parliamentary committee to decide the promotion of over grade-20 officials,” said Minister.

Aftab remarked that secretaries or joint secretaries should ensure their presence on their relevant business of ministry. “They (secretaries/ joint secretaries) should show presence during business of their ministries,” he added.

Meanwhile, the House Business Advisory Committee of the National Assembly on Friday decided to continue the current session till November 29.

The meeting discussed the agenda and ways to run the proceedings of the 37th session of the National Assembly. Representatives of the parliamentary parties gave their proposals regarding the business to be taken up in the house.

The meeting was attended by the Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhary Barjees Tahir, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheik Aftab Ahmed, MNAs, Syed Naveed Qamar, Sheikh Salahuddin, Maulana Muhamad Khan Sherani and Al-Hajj Shah Jee Gul Afridi.