National Assembly continues debate on Federal Budget
Awais Leghari says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor should not be politicized.
The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.
Continuing his speech, Dr Farooq Sattar termed the budget as traditional one.
He said there should be some revolutionary steps in the budget to address the problems being faced by poor.
He demanded withdrawal of taxes imposed on stationary and dairy products especially on milk.
He pointed out that there is no progressive tax proposed in the budget for taking the country forward.
He said salary of government employees should be increased by twenty percent. Similarly, there should be considerable increase in retired employee's pension and minimum wage should be fixed at twenty thousand rupees per month.
He said National Action Plan's ownership should be transferred to the people. He demanded more allocations of more funds for development of infrastructure in Karachi. A separate package should be given for under-developed parts of the country.
Taking part in the debate, Asad Umar said unemployment and debts have increased during the last three years of the present government.
He said investment has also decreased during this period. He pointed out that Pakistan Steel Mills is closed for the last eight months and stressed the need for its revival.
He said taxes should be reduced on electricity and petroleum products to give relief to the people. He said government should launch new housing schemes for government employees to overcome housing shortage.
He demanded increase in pension of government employees. He said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a good project and maximum benefit should be taken from it for the country.
In his speech, Shaikh Rashid Ahmad said said 4.71 percent GDP growth rate mentioned in the budget documents is not real one. He pointed out that only three hundred megawatt additional electricity has been added to the national grid in the last three years.
He stressed the need for completing mother and child Hospital in Rawalpindi. He also stressed for speeding up the process of probe into Panama Papers issue.
Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari praised the economic performance of the government. He said revenue collection has increased, fiscal deficit decreased and exchange rate has been stabilized due to steps taken by the government.
He pointed out that that cost of production will be decreased as a result of decrease in prices of fertilizers and concession in electricity rate for farmers. He said farmers were encouraged with relief given to them in the budget. He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a game changer project and it should not be politicized.
Sahibzada Tariqullah said that government failed to achieve economic targets. He criticized new taxes proposed in the next year's budget.
He stressed the need for early conducting of Population Census for future planning. He said government should review and improve its foreign policy.
He said re-survey of BISP beneficiaries should be carried out and dependence on loans be decreased. He emphasized for completion of Lowari Tunnel project.
Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho said the PML-N government's 4th budget is high on promises and short on delivery. She said agriculture sector was affected badly due to Government policies which left negative impact on GDP growth. She alleged that due to increase in public debt, no sector can show growth.