ISLAMABAD: A National Assembly legislative body on Wednesday passed a Private Member’s Bill titled “The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues (Amendment) Bill, 2014”, which allowed people to donate their organs and tissues to save human lives. Such a donation would allow the government to mention on a person’s computerised national identity card (CNIC) and driving licence the word Organ Donor in red.
According to the bill, the authorities issuing CNICs and driving licences should make a provision on the front page of their application form to ask for consent to donation of an organ or tissue in case of accidental and/or brain death of the individual. The column should allow an individual to select any single or a combination of organs or “all” organs they wanted to donate. Names of the following organs shall appear in the above-mentioned column: kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, intestine and “all”.
Mover of the bill MNA Kishwer Zehra said that patients in Pakistan were paying huge amounts to Indian doctors to get any human organs or tissues. Such a treatment can be made available in Pakistan if proper awareness is given and people start donating their organs/tissues to needy people. After discussion over the bill, the committee passed it unanimously. The committee termed it an encouraging step for people to donate their organs and tissues to save human lives. The Capital Administration and Development Division also supported the bill.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that was held at the Parliament House with MNA Rana Hayat Khan in the chair.The committee also discussed the issue of China cutting at Rawal Dam, Islamabad and directed the CDA to submit a comprehensive report on the land encroached by the encroachers, the legal action taken against the encroachers and the CDA officials facilitating the encroachers. The committee directed the CDA to strengthen its enforcement mechanism and check encroachment of state land. The committee also directed the CDA to speed up the recovery of the outstanding amount on account of sale and auction of residential and commercial plots.
The committee told the CDA to draw up a negative list of industries for industrial areas of Islamabad to avoid non-conforming use of industrial plots. The committee was apprised that legal action such as cancellation of plots was initiated against the industries, which were making non-conforming use of plots in industrial areas of Islamabad in sectors I-9 and I-10.
The committee deferred the discussion on The Plant Breeders Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2015, The Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University Islamabad (Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by National Assembly Member Major (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, The Civil Servants (Amendment) Bill, 2014 moved by MNA Khalida Mansoor and The National Air Transportation Safety Bill, 2014 moved by MNA Nafisa Shah.
State Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Malik Ibrar Ahmed, Sardar Irfan Dogar, Seema Mohiuddin Jameeli, Asad Umar, Moulvi Agha Muhammad, Syed Ali Raza Abidi, Kishwer Zehra and key government officials attended the meeting.