ISLAMABAD :(APS)June 5, 2017-The National Assembly resumed general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year.
Taking part in the discussion, Leader of the Opposition Khurshid Shah said no relief has been provided to the common man in the federal budget. He said country is facing a number of internal and external challenges and these need to be addressed in an effective manner.
He said Opposition has reservations over not broadcasting live his speech on the federal budget. Later, the opposition members staged a walk out from the House to record their protest.
Taking the floor, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said if opposition members are sincere in resolving the problems facing the country, they should participate in the parliamentary proceedings to chalk out proper strategy to address these challenges. However, he said the government is making all out efforts to address the challenges facing the country.
Speaking on the budget, Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema said increase in the defence budget is a good omen and it has been appreciated by all segments of the society. Shezra Mansab Ali proposed that markup rate on industrial and agricultural loans should be reduced.
Mian Abdul Mannan said allocation of more than one thousand billion rupees for development projects will bring prosperity in the country and improve living standard of the common man.
Khalil George described the budget as people friendly and said measures proposed in the budget will open new avenues of development and job opportunities.
Tahira Aurangzeb lauded the government for allocation of huge funds for energy sector, which will help overcome energy shortage in the country. Shakila Luqman congratulated Finance Minister for presenting a balanced budget.
Asiya Naz Tanoli called to enhance budget for Baitul Maal. Arifa Khalid said substantial relief has been provided to common man by reducing tax tariff. Tariq Christopher Qaiser appealed to the government to restore minority ministry.
The House has now been adjourned to meet again tomorrow at 11 a.m.