Parliament passes bill on protection of trees

Parliament today passed a bill on protection of trees and foliage to govern rules for quarantining and sent a bill on small and medium-sized businesses to committee for further review.

However a bill proposed by opposition MP Mohamed Mujthaz to extend the lease of resorts with stalled development by two years with suspended rent was rejected.

A proposal by Thulusdhoo MP Rozaina Adam to form a new standing committee on women and children’s affairs was debated after the General Affairs Committee Chair MP Nazim Rashad presented the committee’s report on the proposal.

Preliminary debate also continued on an amendment proposed by MP Hassan Latheef to the Civil Service Act.

The beginning of today’s sitting was delayed until 11am due to power shortages in the building. Several committee meetings scheduled for the morning were also cancelled due to the problem.

Following voting at 1.30pm, the sitting had to be adjourned at 1.53pm due to loss of quorum.