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The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.

Later, the National Assembly resumed general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year.

Participating in the debate, Amra Khan said special training centers should be set up for the disabled people in order to help them to stand on their own feet.

She also proposed the early completion of poverty survey so that more deserving people could be enrolled in the BISP.

Maulana Gohar Shah said Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal is doing an excellent work for the disadvantaged segments of the society.

He said an amount of 6 billion rupees has been allocated this year for the department which is insufficient.

He proposed that 20 billion rupees should be allocated for Baitul Mal.

Describing ten percent increase in salaries as meager, he said the salaries should be enhanced by 15 percent.

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanvir Hussain has urged the opposition to participate in the budget discussion, assuring their genuine proposals will be fully accommodated in the finance bill.

He was speaking in the National Assembly on Tuesday after the opposition again staged a walkout from the House for not broadcasting live their speeches.

The Minister said the treasury benches are ready to sit with the opposition to address concerns but the other side will also have to demonstrate flexibility.

He said the opposition has the right to criticize the budgetary proposals as the people have elected them to pinpoint the shortcomings of the government.

Referring to the economic performance, Rana Tanvir said world leading institutions are appreciating the government's performance and they are predicting that Pakistan will join the top-20 economies of the world in the next ten years.

He said that 22 billion dollars foreign exchange reserves, GDP growth of 5.28 percent and electricity generation reaching record levels of 19000 megawatts speak volume about the performance of the government.

Rana Tanvir said that the opposition should not follow agenda of enemies which are conspiring to disrupt the forward march of the country.

He said the opposition should sit with the government and formulate a charter of economy for a brighter and prosperous future of the country.

Earlier, taking the floor, PTI leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the debate on budget has become meaningless as the people are discussing the internal situation as well as the changes happening at the regional level.

He pointed that six countries have cut off their diplomatic relations with Qatar.

He said Pakistan enjoys excellent relations with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The government should present its stance on the latest Middle East crisis.

Abdul Ghaffar Dogar said subsidy on fertilizers should be further enhanced to provide relief to the farmers. He said that PARC and NARC should be fully activated to promote agri-research.

He said Pakistan has the potential to become self-sufficient in edible oil provided subsidy is given to the farmers on sunflower and canola.

Siraj Muhammad Khan said merit should be ensured in the recruitment process.

He said that arrangements should be made to provide better health care facilities to the poor lot.

Describing the budget as pro-people Chaudhary Khadim Hussain said that people at large have appreciated the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.

He said instead of criticizing the government, the opposition should do some soul searching for what they did to harm the institutions of PIA and Pakistan Railways. 

Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon said enhancing agri credit, ensuring zero load-shedding for industries and reducing the fiscal deficit are appreciable steps of the government.

Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan said the budget is development-oriented as forty percent increase has been made in the PSDP for the next fiscal year.

He also appreciated the steps taken by the government to eliminate the power outages saying it will help put the country on the path sustainable development.

Nighat Parveen Mir said that the government has taken some important initiatives to bring improvements in the health and education sectors. She proposed the establishment of model hospitals at the district level in order to ensure medical facilities to the people at their doorsteps. She also suggested 20 percent increase in the salaries of Government employees.

Mansab Ali Khan Dogar expressed concerns over the high prices of tractors. He said these should be reduced to provide relief to the poor farmers.

Khalida Mansoor expressed satisfaction that no new tax has been imposed in the new budget. She also appreciated the performance of the FBR in the collection of taxes.

Dr Asma Mamdot said special emphasis should be given to the development of Southern Punjab. She said that Danish Schools were established in the area but they are not catering to the whole population. She said government should support agri-based industries in South Punjab.

Ghulam Muhammad Lali said that cargo service of Pakistan Railways should be improved besides plantation should be done along the rail tracks.

Parveen Masood Bhatti said the government has taken revolutionary steps for the welfare of the people to restore peace in the country. She said that motorway like projects will fully facilitate the people and bring ease in their lives.

Those who spoke on the occasion include Muhammad Jamaluddin and Phyllis Azeem.

The House now will meet against tomorrow at 11 in the morning.


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