* Website provides information about assembly proceedings, history, members
* People can e-mail queries to assembly, make virtual visit to PA
LAHORE: Punjab Assembly (PA) Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan on Friday launched the updated website of the PA, http://www.pap.gov.pk.
United States Agency of International Development (USAID) Democracy and Governance Director Michael Hryshchyshyn and Lahore US Consulate Principal Officer Bryan D Hunt also attended the ceremony held at the PA building in connection with the launch of the website. Information: “The website will help people learn about the activities going on in the assembly, allowing them to understand the challenges and responsibilities of their provincial parliamentarians,” Hryshchyshyn said while addressing the ceremony.
He said the website would also provide information in English and Urdu about the assembly’s history, its members, bills, acts and resolutions forwarded and passed, and the ongoing proceedings.
Query: The USAID official said that there are e-mail portals on the website allowing citizens to directly query the assembly, encouraging more people to send their inputs into the deliberations. The website also offers virtual tours of the assembly buildings, he added.
The development of the website is a part of the USAID’s $9.3-million Pakistan Legislative Strengthening Project to strengthen the country’s parliamentary institutions. The PA speaker said that the government was committed to broadening the people’s access to the House.
“It is a joint effort of the PA and the USAID to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the assembly,” he added.
Bryan D Hunt said that the website would make the PA more accessible to the people of the province.
A large number of MPAs and secretariat officers also attended the ceremony. staff report/app