Islamabad, Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has underscored the need to make the Committee system more robust and efficient to effectively perform legislative, accountability and oversight functions of the Senate and contribute towards good governance in the country. He made these remarks while presiding over meeting of the Council of Committees Chairpersons at the Parliament House on Tuesday.
He said that Senate is the House of Federation and it must get more powers to become an effective voice of the federating units and marginalized segment of the society. “We will initiate consultation with government to make Senate more powerful and enable it to contribute more efficiently towards strengthening democratic foundations of the country” Chairman Senate remarked.
Agreeing with the proposals of the Committee Chairpersons, Chairman Senate said that capacity building of the members and the staff is high on priority and proposals are being considered to enhance capacity through trainings and orientations which would have a long lasting impact on the performance of both the House and the Committees. He informed that the Senate Secretariat is providing possible assistance to the Committees for smooth execution of the business. He appreciated the Senate Secretariat for excellent service delivery despite scant resources and constraints. He particularly mentioned the recent Asian Parliamentary Assembly meetings of Political Affairs Committee held Gwadar in which the Senate Secretariat delivered against heavy odds, challenges and constraints. However, he urged the Secretariat to work hard for improving support services to Committees.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla, Leader of the House in the Senate Shibli Faraz and Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Raja Muhammad Zafar ul Haq also emphasized the need to further strengthen Committees of Senate. The meeting was attended by the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Chairpersons of Senate Standing Committees, Functional Committees and Special Committees, Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez Malik and senior officers of Senate Secretariat.