Islamabad, June 22, 2020 (PPI-OT): The Senate continued discussion on the budget for next fiscal year today (Monday) as well. Participating in the budget discussion, Senator Mian Ateeq Shaikh suggested the government to give incentives to the mobile phone manufacturing industry as it will provide immense job opportunities to the youth. He said the State Bank of Pakistan should introduce digital currency to promote financial inclusion. Senator Rubina Khalid said provinces should be transferred to them at the earliest instead of wasting energies in conquering Sindh.
She said the federal government should review budgetary allocations for health and the education sectors and reserve pour more liquidity in this regard to provide better medical and health facilities and learning opportunities for the common people. Senator Nuzhat Sadiq asked the government to focus on creating awareness among masses to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. She expressed concerns over the growing number of Corona cases in the country.
Gul Bashra said termed the budget as anti-people. She said neither the people on helm of affairs are aware of the losses inflicted by recent rains in Balochistan nor any allocation has been made in the federal budget. Dr Jehanzeb Jamaldini said Balochistan makes 44 percent of Pakistan, but it gets just 10 percent in the federal budget. He said smaller provinces have been ignored in the budget.
He said dividends of reduced petroleum prices in the international market should be diverted towards less developed areas of the country. He said an oil refinery should be set-up in Balochistan, which will provide job opportunities for the local population. He said small dams should be constructed in Balochistan to promote agriculture in the province and to provide drinking water to the people. Senator Siraj-ul-Haq said Islamic economic system is the only way forward to put the country on the path of progress and development as the capitalist system cannot bear fruit to benefit common people.
He said Islamic system of Zakat and Ushar should be enforced in the country to steer the common people out of poverty. He said this budget failed to make significant allocations for food security, hundreds of thousands of students and teachers of private institutions and seminaries, agriculture sector, fisheries, and livestock. Senator Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi said Karachi-Khuzdar-Quetta-Chaman road should be converted to dual carriage way to facilitate the traffic on this route. He said not a single project under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor has been completed in Gwadar on which this much talked out game changer corridor is originally based.
Senator Zeeshan Khanzada said the government is pursuing long term policies to put the country on the path of sustainable growth and economic progress. He said people and the entire world will see benefits of these policies in future. He proposed the government to increase tax on vehicles over 4000 cc. Behramand Khan Tangi suggested that a raise in salaries and pension of the government employees should be made in the federal budget. He said the government has failed to take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
He said media workers are facing immense problems even in paying school fees of their children and the government should pay attention towards this. He called for the immediate release of the share of merged districts with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as promised in the National Finance Commission. Senator Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar said funds should be allocated for Khuzdar-Quetta and Karachi-Chaman highway. He proposed to enhance salaries of the government employees in the federal budget.
Muhammad Ayub Afridi lauded the government for presenting a tax-free budget. He said duty on around 23,000 items has been either made zero or reduced to a significant level, which will certainly promote the local industry. He said the government should provide free of cost land to local industry to boost the economy and local manufacturing.
He also suggested that a quota should also be reserved in Naya Pakistan Housing project for merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He called for making more investments to explore natural resources in the country to reduce reliance on imports. He said 100 billion rupees, pledged for the merged districts, should immediately be released to facilitate the people of erstwhile tribal areas. The House will now meet again on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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