ISLAMABAD: A meeting of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat on Thursday unanimously referred the Equality of Opportunity for Women in Employment Bill, 2005, to the Law Division for vetting and then tabling in the National Assembly for enactment. The committee, which met under the chairmanship of Ahmed Raza Maneka, discussed the bill, which was moved by MNA Sherry Rehman and 12 other lawmakers in the National Assembly. The movers of the bill proposed that the selection of women on the reserved quota of 10 per cent would be made on the basis of merit through fair and impartial competition among women duly qualified for the job. The committee also discussed the Patents (Amendment) Bill, 2006 (Ordinance No XX of 2006), in detail and constituted a three-member sub-committee to prepare a report within two weeks.
Source: The News