NA Body on Interior to Present Bill of Rent Control Act

Islamabad August 19 (Online Int’l): The NA Standing Committee on Interior Chairperson Raja Khurram Nawaz has said that he would try his best to present the amended bill of rent control act for Islamabad in the next National Assembly session for approval.

Raja Khurram Nawaz said this while addressing the business community, during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) on Wednesday. He said that the NA Standing Committee on Interior has already passed the bill and all possible efforts would be made to present it in the next session of the National Assembly for its passage.

He said that ICCI should send him written issues of the business community related to CDA, Police, IESCO and other departments and assured that he would play a role for their redress. He said he would try for the inclusion of President ICCI in the CDA Master Plan Revision Committee to get the input of the business community.

The chairperson said that efforts were afoot to form a transport authority for Islamabad to address the transport issues of the citizens. He said that the flyover in Bara Kahu would be constructed in next financial year as some technical reasons have caused its delay this year. He said that a ring road for Islamabad would be developed for which survey was in progress. He said that the business community was a major stakeholder in the economy and the government was focused on promoting ease of doing business for them. He said that in collaboration of business community, Islamabad would be developed as a model city.

Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Ahmed Waheed, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry appreciated the construction package of the government that has the potential to turn around the economy. However, he stressed that the government should extend its last date from December 31 this year to June 30, 2021 so that maximum investors could invest in the construction industry. He said that the bill of rent control act should be passed from the parliament as it is a longstanding issue and its enactment into law would address the concerns of traders and help promote business activities.

Tahir Abbasi Senior Vice President and Saif ur Rehman Khan Vice President ICCI said that land registry charges in Islamabad were 5 percent as compared to only 1 percent in Punjab and emphasized that these charges in the federal capital should be reduced to bring them at par with Punjab and that would boost business activity in construction sector.

They further said that reconciliation committees in police stations in Islamabad should be revived and strengthened that would reduce pressure on police and help resolve most of the issues amicably.

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