PM Khan’s Special Assistant on the Capital Development Authority-Ali Nawaz Awan said that 3 bills have been passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday. The bills would be bringing relief to the residents of the federal capital.
As per reports, the details of the bills are as follows:
- Islamabad Capital Territory Food Safety Bill to set up a food authority in the federal capital,
- Islamabad Real Estate (Regulation and Development Act), 2020, and,
- Islamabad Rent Restriction Amendment Act
Ali Nawaz Awan said that the capital city, which had got more than 2 million population, has got no authority for checking the adulteration in the food items.
He also said that in the absence of the proper food authority, the residents of the federal capital have been experiencing issues of adulteration in the food commodities which includes milk.
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The special assistant also said that there is no proper system installed for keeping a check on the quality of the meat being sold in the markets. He added that once the food authority is established these issues would be resolved.
While talking about the Rent Restriction Amendment Bill in his statement, he mentioned that it had been a long-awaited demand of the tenants and the landlords in Islamabad asking for an amendment in the Islamabad Rent Restriction Ordinance 2001.
As per the amended bill, every agreement between the landlord and the tenant should be shown before the rent controller for the purpose of record-keeping. He also said that any payment, linked to the deal of tenancy should be made via cross cheques and/or with an official acknowledgment.
It also stated that the rents of the residential and the non-residential buildings should be increased on an annual basis by ten percent automatically unless the parties make the decision contrary in writing.
For resolving the disputes between the landlord and the tenant there should be a mediation council, as per the bill.
The sources informed that this bill would be providing the legal covers to both the landlords and the tenants.
Earlier owing to the weak law related to renting, the traders of the city were experiencing many challenges that include sudden eviction and a surge in rent.