Public Hearings and Parliamentary Committees Participants’ Book, September 2016

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A strong, active committee system is an asset in any functioning parliamentary democracy. A comprehensive system of parliamentary committees provides greater accountability by making the policy and administrative functions of government more open and accountable, giving the people more and better access to parliamentary processes and ensuring Members of Parliament have more involvement in and oversight of decision making. Committees provide a forum for investigation of matters of public importance. These allow the Parliamentarians to ensure that the right decisions are being made and at the same time, committees effectively enhance the democratic process by taking the Parliament to the people and giving them a role in its operations. Public and Expert Hearings is a novel idea being introduced and now practised to a greater degree by committees at the Parliament of Pakistan.

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