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The National Assembly resumed general debate on budgetary proposals for the fiscal year 2016-17 on Tuesday.

Taking part in the debate, Ramesh Lal said no increase has been made for welfare fund of minorities in the budget .  

Khusro Bakhtiar said Pakistan's economic growth is slowest in Asia. He pointed out that strong economy is imperative for strengthening of democracy.

Ghulam Rasool Koreja lauded package for agriculture especially lowering of prices of fertilizer and hoped this would have salutary impact on crop production.

Ch. Khadim Hussain said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demonstrated remarkable patience in the face of undue criticism by some elements. He called for across the board accountability process.

Chaudhry Riaz-ul-Haq said rising about political affiliations, we should work for Charter of Economy. He demanded construction of a five hundred bed hospital in Okara.

Shazia Marri regretted that the Government has not taken input from any forum of the House for the budget . She said new NFC award is the constitution responsibility of the Government which has not fulfilled. She condemned recent drone attack by US in Balochistan. She enumerated achievements of PPP Government including regularization of contractual employees. She said the government should adopt a strategy to reduce reliance on loans.

Parliamentary Secretary for Finance Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan said we have to work hard to take the country forward on the path of progress and prosperity. He regretted that fifty percent speeches of the opposition members were on the subjects which were devolved to provinces under 18th constitution amendment. He also regretted that some forces tried to destabilize democracy through their negative politics.

 

Rana Afzal said 4.71 percent GDP growth rate is real one and its calculation has been given in the economic survey in detail. He said the government is working on the identification of account holders of Swiss Banks. He said after getting information, FBR will issue notices who stashed illegal money in these banks and they will be held accountable.      

He said that the government is carrying development work throughout the country without any discrimination. He pointed out that after successful Zarb-e-Azb operation, investment climate is improving and foreign investment is coming in the country. He said tax collection has been enhanced and will be further increased as a result of strengthening of FBR. He said the government is trying hard to overcome energy shortage and for this purpose a number of projects are being implemented.

Syed Waseem Hussain demanded across the board accountability of all politicians and said all those in politics should declare their assets. He called for establishment of a university in Hyderabad and making local airport functional. He was of the view that Karachi should be made a province in view of its growing population.

Shahabuddin expressed satisfaction over restoration of law and order in FATA where IDPs are going back and normal life is resuming. He, however, called for substantial increase in budgetary allocations for FATA.  He said CPEC would improve socio-economic conditions of entire country.

Amirullah Marwat alleged that growth figures given in the budget were not reflective of the ground realities. He justified sit-ins of PTI and said the party would again resort to same tactics if their TORs were not accepted by the Government.

Rao Muhammad Ajmal said the Prime Minister has won hearts of people in rural areas by giving liberal incentives for agriculture sector. He said as a result of projects initiated by the Government, load-shedding would end during the next two years. He also appreciated Railway Minister for reforming the organization.

Ghulam Rasool Koreja lauded package for agriculture especially lowering of prices of fertilizer and hoped this would have salutary impact on crop production. He, however, demanded an end to black-marketing of fertilizer and appreciated reduction in power tariff for tubewells.

Ch. Khadim Hussain said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demonstrated remarkable patience in the face of undue criticism by some elements. He called for across the board accountability process.

Qaiser Jamal proposed extension of NAB to FATA so as to stem corrupt practices there. He also called for exploitation of hydro-power potential of the region. He said there is need to review foreign policy of the country in view of increasingly hostile environment in the neighbourhood.

Qari Muhammad Yousaf demanded increase in allocations for Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal and extension of Prime Minister's Health Programme to Battagram. He said people of Battagram are behind the government and the Army in their efforts to ensure security for CPEC.                                                       

Kiran Haider said it is a balanced budget in the prevailing circumstances and added that prices of many items of daily use have come down due to Ramzan Package of the Government. She said the Government has managed to restore law and order in different parts of the country.

SA Iqbal Qadri said policy shift is required to promote exports and demanded taxing agricultural income. He was of the view that there was no substantial improvement in load-shedding and called for increased allocations for electricity generation and construction of dams.

Khalida Mansoor said the budget reflects aspiration of different segments of the population. She lamented that the opposition was trying to destabilize the Government at a time when the Prime Minister was implementing historic projects for local and regional connectivity like CPEC.

Bilal Rehman said priority should be given for rehabilitation of those affected by war on terror. He proposed special development package for each tribal agency to take care of problems in education, health and communication sectors. He said mega projects should be launched in FATA to stimulate economic activities there.

Parveen Masood Bhatti said the Government has allocated huge funds for development in the budget , which would stimulate growth and generate more jobs. She demanded setting up of agri-products processing units at DG Khan, Multan and Bahawalpur.

Salim-ur-Rehman was of the view that Malakand and Swat have remained neglected and they should be given special consideration in infrastructure development. He also called for augmentation of electricity supply in the area.

Kiran Dar said the opposition should have moral courage to appreciate budgetary proposals and offer constructive suggestions. She demanded of the Government to take steps for welfare of transgenders.

Shahnaz Salim said increased tax collection target would help generate necessary resources for developmental activities. She said the present Government has increased allocations of BISP from just 40 billion to 115 billion rupees. She said substantial increase in remittances by overseas Pakistan is reflection of their confidence on the policies of the government.

The house will now meet tomorrow morning at eleven.


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