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Masses, farmers also deserve inexpensive electricity

November 9, 2020 | | Share:

Islamabad, November 09, 2020 (PPI-OT): Former President ICCI Shahid Rasheed Butt on Sunday said the economy is not in such a good shape as being hyperbolized by politicians.

A little uptick in the economy supported by undue subsidies should not be considered as an economic revival, he said.

Why the government is negotiating tranche of the loan with the IMF on stringent conditions if the economy is moving forward, he questioned.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that IMF conditions stoke poverty by hitting economic activities which should be avoided if the economy is taking off but it is not the case.

He noted that the claims for economic stability are not new, such claims are repeated by every government to knock IMF door for avoiding bankruptcy.

The business leader noted that improving the economy requires reforms in the power and energy sectors, improving taxation and refund mechanism, reducing government expenses and tackle bleeding state-run enterprises wasting trillions of rupees per annum.

How can the economy improve when nothing has been done to reform any sector of the economy, he questioned.

He said that some improvement in the economic activity is due to undue relief to the industrial sectors on the cost of masses which is being hyped as a great success. Masses, as well as farmers, also deserve economical electricity like industrialists, he said.

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