Decides it would make payment of Rs.30 million towards sharing cost in co-hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Sept
ISLAMABAD: First meeting of the reconstituted Senate Finance Committee was held at the Parliament House. The meeting was presided over by Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani.
The Committee granted approval to various expenditures earmarked for the next fiscal including approval of the Revised Budget Estimates for the year 2014-2015 and the budget estimates for year 2015-2016.
The Senate Finance Committee decided it would make the payment of Rs.30 million towards sharing the cost with the National Assembly in co-hosting the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference coming up in September this year.
Chairman Senate solicited views of all members present during the meeting and took decisions based on consensus.
He informed the Committee that while exercising economy in expenditure, efforts are being made to improve the sitting and working conditions in the Senate Hall, besides other initiatives in the pipeline, for better discharge of functioning.
Chairman Senate informed the Committee that the capacity building of the Secretariat staff was highly important, therefore, there is a dire need for making PIPS a vibrant and effective institution. Members of the Committee endorsed the views.
The Committee also stressed the need for improving the quality of the Senate cafeteria as the current condition of the cafeteria and food was sub-standard.
The meeting was attended by Leader of the House in the Senate, Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Aitzaz Ahsan besides Senators Syed Shibli Faraz, Mrs Nuzhat Sadiq, Hidayatullah and Col ( R ) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi.
Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik , Senior Officers of the Ministry of Finance, Revenue and Senate Secretariat were also present during the meeting.