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New Bill Proposes Free Travel For Parliamentarians And Their Families

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Parliamentary Affair Adviser Dr Babar Awan, presented a bill in the Senate requesting free air travel for parliamentarians and their families.

The proposed bill will allow the members of the parliament and their families, 25 air tickets for free, without any burden on the exchequer.

The bill says that under the existing legislation, 25 business class open return air tickets for parliamentarians could be substituted with travel vouchers amounting to Rs300,000.

The bill also seeks the unutilised air tickets and vouchers for financial year 2019-20 to remain acceptable till their utilisation up to June 30, 2021.

The objective of the bill reasons that the existing act regulates free travel privilege of the MPs, who were entitled to 25 business class open return air tickets from the airport nearest to their constituencies to Islamabad each year.

“There has been persistent demand by the MPs to extend the utility of the 25 air tickets to their family members as well. The National Assembly Standing on Rules of Procedure has recommended accordingly,” it read.

“Therefore, vouchers of equal value in lieu of admissible 25 business class open return air tickets are proposed to be issued to the MPs that may be utilised by their family members as well.”

According to Section 10, every MP would be provided during vouchers worth Rs300,000 annually that would enable them to travel within the country by air or by rail at any time without payment of fare.

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