PTI tables amendment bill to extend quota system
28 August, 2013
ISLAMABAD: The first constitutional amendment has been introduced in the incumbent parliament here on Tuesday when former foreign minister and Parliamentary leader of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mahmood Qureshi submitted his private constitutional amendment bill asking for a new formula of quota in government service.
The quota system that was in place for the last 40 years expired on the 13th of this month and for practical purposes, the quota in government services doesn't exist anywhere in the country any more as if today.
The constitutional amendment called 'the constitutional amendment bill 2013,' has envisaged extension of the quota system for the period of another 20 years but with certain benchmarks that have to be achieved in the process and they have been identified in it.
The major alteration in the bill is the introduction of a new concept for southern Punjab's quota on the lines of the rural Sindh quota. It will divide Punjab into northern and southern Punjab in the share of government service. Punjab and urban Sindh reportedly suffered badly on account of absence of merit and prevalence of the quota system.
The system in place for 40 long years couldn't work for removal of deprivation of the beneficiaries of the quota system as they couldn't establish infrastructure for the improvement of their skill and successive governments also failed in creating the environment for the required improvement.
In an exclusive chat here on Tuesday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the expired quota system couldn't erase the backwardness and deprivation of the people living in Balochistan, Sindh rural and tribal areas.
The constitutional bill that he has introduced would ensure the removal of backwardness in the areas coming under the purview of the system within 20 years and for the purpose, the administration would be bound to follow certain benchmarks. The administration will have to play a proactive role for attaining the goal, the leader of the PTI belonging to south Punjab said.
The demand for south Punjab as a separate province was the result of the backwardness and the new system would greatly help in reducing the same, he added. The new formula for the quota system would ensure better facilities for education, health and other services besides bigger share in the government service, Shah Mahmood Qureshi reminded.
The Parliamentary sources said that the bill was part of the agenda of the National Assembly on Tuesday but the discussion regarding the demand for handing over Karachi to Army consumed the whole day and the bill couldn't come into consideration and hence couldn't be referred to the relevant committee.
It is likely that it would be part of the agenda on next private member's day in the
National Assembly as Spea-ker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has deferred it, the sources added.