Senate asks IBNH ministry to expedite Pemra Act amendment process

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Senate Standing Committee on Information,Broadcasting and National Heritage on Tuesday directed the Ministry to expedite the process of preparation of draft of amendment in Pemra (Amendment) Act 2007 so that the authority could become stronger and establish its writ more effectively. The meeting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha was discussing the issue of amendments in Pemra act.
Secretary IBNH Ahemd Nawaz Sukhera informed the committee that it was a wholesome exercise involving all stakeholders and the draft prepared so far was at its initial stage.
He thanked the committee for its guidance over the possible amendments for making it more effective and assured that the process would be expedited. He said that the regulator has to be independent and effective. Kamil Ali Agha said that the committee wants to strengthen PEMRA so that it could establish its writ.
Farhatullah Babar appreciated the ministry and PEMRA for realizing the importance of amendment in the act. Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam said that it was the initial draft which was being improved after taking all stakeholders including Pakistan Broadcasters Association and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists on board.
On the issue of alleged harassment case in Lok Virsa,the committee asked the Secretary IBNH to look into the matter and if required a committee should be constituted. Minister of State for IBNH Marriyum Aurangzeb informed the committee after she took over one case of harassment ended at the termination of the officer involved in harassment.
She said that in the second case involving two PTV anchors,the accused was bailed out by the inquiry committee, as no concrete evidences could be presented before the committee. She said that in IBNH ministry has made training of all staff mandatory about the law on harassment of women at workplace.
She said that the issue of harassment at Lok Virsa would be thoroughly investigated by the ministry and necessary action would be taken as it was not an issue of a female employee but a mindset.
Secretary IBNH Ahmed Nawaz Sukhera sought weeks time for looking into the matter and sort it out. The committee was presented briefing over the advertisements issued by Press Information Department (PID) since 2012.—APP

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