Shaukat Tarin to wind up budget debate today

The Nation  |  Jun 25, 2021

Opp claims no concrete measures proposed in Finance Bill to strengthen economy

ISLAMABAD    -  Federal Minister for Finance Shaukat Tarin will wind up around  two-week long general discussion on Finance Bill 2021-22 today [Friday] in the National Assembly.

The house will start deliberation on the recommendations proposed by the lawmakers of Upper House after the windup speech by the Finance Minister. Meanwhile, government and the opposition MNAs during Thursday’s daylong sitting delivered speeches in favour and against the budgetary proposals presented in fourth federal budget 2021-22 of PTI’s government. 

The treasury benches believe that the federal budget envisages a complete plan to strengthen the country’s economy and the opposition claims no concrete measures are proposed in the Finance Bill 2021-22 for the next year. Taking part in the budget debate, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said Prime Minister Imran Khan had set an example of accountability, under which members from the ruling party are als onot exempted at all. 

Multan Sultans triumph over Peshawar Zalmi in PSL 6 final “The government and opposition parties should work together for an Islamic economic system,” said the minister. “The economic indicators are improving with agriculture, industries and services sectors witnessing growth,” he said, mentioning the benefits of the ‘Ehsaas Pprogram’.

Another member from treasury benches, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Fehmida Mirza, strongly criticized the ugly scene of throwing budget books at each other last week. “We all administered oath but such an unfortunate incident damages the sanctity of parliament,” said a senior member of Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA). 

She supported the budgetary proposals presented by the federal minister. “The budget envisages a program to uplift the weakest segments of the society,” she said, adding that fifteen million families were provided with immediate assistance under Ehsaas cash emergency program after the Corona crisis in the country. PML-N’s senior MNA/ Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Rana Tanvir Hussain on his turn urged the treasury benches to focus on public welfare projects. “The public welfare projects are essential to provide relief to the masses,” he said, adding that there was a need for unity to overcome economic challenges faced by the country. 

JUI-F Chief moved to hospital after his health worsens PML-N’s MNA Marriyum Aurangzeb strongly opposed the budgetary proposal of the Finance Bill 2021-22. “It would provide no relief to the masses, as it was mere jugglery of words,” she said, mentioning that the current government has badly failed to fulfil the promises to construct five million houses.

Another opposition party’s MNA from PPP-P Hina Rabani Khar also opposed the budgetary proposals presented by the federal minister for finance in the finance bill. She also criticised the government’s economic and foreign policies. 

A treasury benches MNA Seemi Bukhari, taking part in the debate, commented that Prime Minister Imran Khan was the pride of Pakistan who thinks for the next generations and not the next elections. She lauded the step taken by the government to increase wages of labourers and the salaries of government employees. Whereas, opposition MNA Syed Fazal Ali Shah Jilani said that there was a need to bring the prices of essential commodities [flour and sugar] within the reach of common man. “Salaries of government employees should also be enhanced by 25 to 30 percent,” he proposed. Other lawmakers from treasury benches lauded the prime minister for taking prudent measures for economic prosperity in the country. The Fourth budget of PTU will play an important role in the development of the country, they believed.  

UN sends 94 truckloads of aid to northwestern Syria  

More News