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January 17, 2017

The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance Amendment 2017

The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance Amendment 2017

The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance was originally promulgated in 1984 but recently it is updated in 2017. Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Amendment Ordinance is the 1st Law passed by Punjab Assembly in year 2017 and published in official Gazette on 10 January 2017.

According to this amendment 2017 now all types of schools are allowed to increase their annual fees by five percent. In special cases and with the permission of competent authority they can increase it annually up to eight percent. One important point to remember is that this increase rate applies only to those schools which are charging monthly fee of 4000 or above. The Schools which are charging less than 4000 month do not come into the ambit of this Ordinance.

Under The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance Amendment 2017, Government shall establish a registering authority. If a School wants to increase the monthly fee more than 5 percent than it must apply to the registering authority. The authority shall decide the application of school within 15 days of receiving of application.

Overall, The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance 1984 is good legislation and its purpose is to safeguard the interest of parents. Through this law Government also intends to control the unbridled Private School Mafia in Punjab.

The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance 1984 (Amended in 2017) PDF Format

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The Punjab Private Educational Institutions (Promotion and Regulation) Ordinance Amendment 2017

The Punjab Halal Development Agency Act 2016 – PDF Download

The Punjab Halal Development Agency Act 2016

The Punjab Halal Development Agency Act 2016 is promulgated on 6 December 2016 to establish the Punjab Halal Development Agency to regulate and promote the trade of halal food and non-food products in the Province of Punjab. According to the preamble of this ordinance, it is necessary to establish Punjab Halal Development Agency to promote the trade of halal food and non-food products, to regulate halal processes of trade and commerce in the Province and to ensure the implementation of uniform Halal Standard and directions of the Pakistan Halal Authority, and to deal with other related matters.

In the Ordinance Food is defined as, it includes every article manufactured, sold or represented for use as food or drink for human consumption or which enters into or is used in the composition, preparation, preservation of any food or drink and includes confectionery, chewing substances and any ingredient of such food, drink, confectionery or chewing substances.

Halal is defined in this Ordinance as, Halal means anything which is not Haram or Najis and is considered halal by the laws of Islam.

Punjab Halal Development Agency is established by this Ordinance is responsible mainly for issuance of domestic halal certificate to the food manufacturers. It will issue Halal License certifying that the plant, production facility, food premises, slaughterhouse or abattoir, or the establishment handling  food has been approved to produce, distribute or market halal food and the items listed.

The Punjab Halal Development Agency Act 2016 PDF Download

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The Punjab Halal Development Agency Act 2016

The Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance 2016 – PDF Download

The Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance 2016

Basic purpose of law is to institute a comprehensive system of civil administration in the Punjab for efficient administration and improved service delivery to the people. Its preamble says that it is essential to institute a comprehensive system of civil administration in the Punjab for efficient administration, improved service delivery, better coordination, supervision and regulatory enforcement, and for other related matters.

This is 20th ordinance of 2016, which is also the last in year 2016, and it was promulgated on 31 December 2016. Punjab Government implemented this law in order to control the civil administration. After enforcement of Punjab Local Government Ordinance all over the Punjab, this Ordinance is basic tool for Provincial Government to control the administration at District level.

With the promulgation of this Ordinance, the powerful post of DCO (District Coordination Officer) is abolished and replaced by another power post of DC (Deputy Commissioner). This Ordinance also created posts of Additional Commissioner, Additional Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner.

Under this law Punjab Government shall appoint Commissioner for every Division, Deputy Commissioner for every District and Assistant Commissioner for every Tehsil. All the above mentioned officers are representative of Provincial Government who will coordinate the work of all officers and public facilities for the purpose of integrated development, efficient use of public resources and effective service delivery.

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The Punjab Civil Administration Ordinance 2016

Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Act 2014 – Online Complaints

Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Act 2014

Overseas Pakistanis are valuable asset for Pakistan. Huge amount of home remittances (money they sent back home to their families) sent by overseas Pakistanis are the backbone of Pakistan’s economy. Overseas Pakistanis are also capable of investing lot of money into Pakistan’s ailing economy. Recently Pakistani Government took lot of steps to improve its standing among the overseas Pakistanis. Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Act 2014 is also a right step by Punjab Government. Its preamble says that it is expedient to establish the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission to receive and redress the grievances of overseas Pakistanis relating to concerned offices and to deal with ancillary matters.

The most important thing which this act created is the Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission at the top. It also establishes the District Overseas Committee at each district level which is given task to solve the problems and complaints of overseas Pakistanis.

At District Level committee hold its meeting regularly under the supervision of DCO and local MPA. An overseas Pakistani can file online complaint and someone can attend the meeting on his behalf. All the government officers of major departments are at the meeting to solve the complaint. An online system is also developed which connects all Districts of Punjab to the Lahore regarding complaints and meetings of overseas Pakistanis.

Overall it is good step but it required strict compliance and implementation. Here in the following link you can download the PDF copy of Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Act 2014

Punjab Overseas Pakistanis Commission Act 2014

Online Complaints for Overseas Pakistanis

Click on this link below to reach at the official online complaint portal for overseas Pakistanis made by Punjab Government.

Online Complaint Portal

The Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006

The Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 (PEEDA Act 2006)

The Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006, commonly known as PEEDA Act (or peeda act) was promulgated in 2006. The basic purpose of this act is to provide for proceedings against the employees in government and corporation service in relation to their efficiency, discipline and accountability. PEEDA Act was passed in order to improve the performance and efficiency of Civil Servants in Province of Punjab.

Good Governance is major issue in all parts of Pakistan. Through this Act Government tried to improve the governance level by updating rules regarding performance of civil servants. Preamble of this Act says, whereas it is expedient and necessary in the public interest and for good governance to provide measures for improvement of efficiency, discipline and accountability of employees in government and corporation service.

PEEDA Act apply to the employees in government of Punjab and employees in corporation service. According to section 3 of PEEDA Act there are four grounds for proceedings against employee;

  1. Inefficient or has ceased to be efficient for any reason
  2. Guilty of misconduct
  3. Guilty of corruption or is reasonably considered to be corrupt
  4. Engaged or is reasonably believed to be engaged in subversive activities and his retention in service is prejudicial to national security, or is guilty of disclosure of official secrets to any unauthorized person.

PEEDA Act was passed in 2006 and after that amended twice. First Amendment in PEEDA Act came in 2012 and second amendment came in 2014.

The Punjab Employees Efficiency, Discipline and Accountability Act 2006 (PEEDA Act 2006) Free PDF Download

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Click here to download PEEDA Act Amendment 2012

Click here to download PEEDA Act Amendment 2014

Hindu Marriage Act 2016 – PDF Download

Hindu Marriage Act 2016

Hindu Marriage Act 2016 is recently passed by the National Assembly and it extends to Islamabad, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. It is not applicable in province of Sindh as mentioned in the section one of the act.

This act is exclusively for the citizens of Pakistan who professed Hindu religion. Under this act it is compulsory to register a marriage for Hindu Citizen by a marriage registrar specifically appointed by the Government for this purpose.

It provides certain conditions for valid legal marriage. First of all at the time of marriage parties are of sound mind capable of giving valid consent. Parties must be of 18 years old. Parties to the marriage are not within the degree of prohibited relationship and neither party has spouse living at the time of marriage.

This is detailed act which also explains what type of marriage is voidable under this act. It also provides details about the separation and termination of Hindu Marriage. In Hindu religion, bigamy is not allowed hence according to the section 20 of Hindu Marriage Act 2016 such person shall be punished according to sections 494 and 495 of Pakistan Penal Code.

Hindu Marriage Act 2016 empowers the existing Family Courts in country to deal with the matters according to this act. Overall this is good piece of legislation which will help the Hindu Citizens of country in their matrimonial affairs.

Hindu Marriage Act 2016 PDF Download

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Hindu Marriage Act 2016

 

Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 – PDF Free Download

Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010

Preamble of this act says, “whereas it is expedient to provide for prevention of money laundering, combating financing of terrorism and forfeiture of property derived from, or involved in, money laundering or financing of terrorism and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”.

Basic purpose of this legislation is punishing those who are involved in black money which is also used for terrorism and other criminal matters. It is Federal Legislation and it extends to the whole of Pakistan.

Section 21 of this act says that every offence under this act is non-bailable and non-cognizable. Section 3 of this act defines the offence of money laundering. This section states that a person shall be guilty of offence of money laundering if the person;

(a) acquires, converts, possesses, uses or transfers property, knowing or having reason to believe that such property is proceeds of crime;

(b) conceals or disguises the true nature, origin, location, disposition, movement or ownership of property, knowing or having reason to believe that such property is proceeds of crime;

(c) holds or possesses on behalf of any other person any property knowing or having reason to believe that such property is proceeds of crime; or

(d) participates in, associates, conspires to commit, attempts to commit, aids, abets, facilitates, or counsels the commission of the acts specified in clauses (a), (b) and (c).

Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010 PDF Download

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Anti-Money Laundering Act 2010

The Punjab Prohibition of Private Money Lending Act 2007-PDF Download

The Punjab Prohibition of Private Money Lending Act 2007

The Punjab Prohibition of Private Money Lending Act was promulgated in order to stop the private money lending in province of Punjab. Private money lender means a person who lends money on interest but does not include any corporation incorporated by the Federal or Provincial Government as a bank or a finance corporation or a cooperative society.  Basic purpose of this act is to punish those who lend money on high interest to the needy and then misuse that debt to extort more money from the needy persons.

Section 4 of this act provides the punishment for the violation of this act with is “imprisonment for a term which may extend to 10 years or with fine which may extend to 500000 rupees or both. Offences under this act are cognizable which means FIR be lodged against person. Under section 5 of this act offence under this act shall be non-bailable and non-compoundable.

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The Punjab Prohibition of Private Money Lending Act 2007

The Punjab Animal Slaughter Contorl Act 2016 Amendments

The Punjab Animal Slaughter Contorl Act 2016 Amendments

The Punjab Animal Slaughter Contorl Act 2016 amendments are introduced by the Punjab Government in order to make the this law more effective and according to needs of modern era. Basic Purpose of this act is to prohibit the slaghter of certain animals and regulate the slaghter of all other animals. The recent amendments in The Punjab Animal Slaughter Contorl Act 1963 provides for enhanced punishments for the violators.
according to these recent amendments now all the offences under this act are declared as non-bailable and cognizable. All the offences under this act be tried summarily. Further there are enhanced punishments and fines for those who violate the provision of this law. Overall these amendments are good step forward but Government need to implement them in true spirit.
Even the best drafted laws are useless if there is no way to implement them and in Pakistan inefficient Police Force is the basic reason of failure of all the good laws.

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The Punjab Animal Slaughter Contorl Act 2016 Amendments

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 – Cyber Crimes Act

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016

The purpose of this Act, which is to control the increasing “Cyber Crimes in Pakistan” and control the offences related with information systems. It is also known as Cyber Crimes Bill 2016. It provides mechanisms for the investigation, prosecution and trial of electronic crimes. It is Federal law and hence it extends to whole of Pakistan. The act was basically drafted in 2015 but it became controversial after its introduction. There are many clauses in this Act which are considered as restrictions on the freedom of people especially freedom of expression and freedom of speech.

In this Act activities such as sending text messages without the receiver’s consent or criticizing Government actions on Social Media are penalized with heavy fines and imprisonment in jail. Similarly in this Act, online criticism of religion, country, Courts of Pakistan, Armed forces of Pakistan and other institutions of Pakistan are also punished with fine and imprisonment.

People from different walks of life criticized this Act because Government can use it as tools to punish its opponents. Criticism in Social Media also has positive effects because it can highlight many important issues. But this bill bars any sort of criticism on social media. In nutshell Cyber Crimes Act 2016 (Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016) is a controversial piece of legislation.

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 Free PDF Download

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016