ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers from both the treasury and opposition benches in the National Assembly on Thursday (17th of June, 2021) commenced debate on the Federal Budget 2021-22 after Shehbaz Sharif Leader of the Opposition (President PML-N) succeeded in completing the speech that he failed to finish due to ruckus in the proceedings.
Lawmaker of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan lawmaker Mufti Abdul Shakoor expressed concern over the augmented inflation in Pakistan. Mufti Abdul Shakoor, while calling for restoration of peace there said allocation of funds for the erstwhile FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) should be made as per the commitment as most of the region was sans basic infrastructure. He warned that terrorists outfits were taking roots in FATA.
MQM’s Salahuddin noted that the government allocated huge amount for the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP) while taxes for the small businesses had also been reduced. Claiming that GDP growth rate was satisfactory he appealed to the government to check inflation in the country. Demanding creation of more provinces with special funds allocations for their development he lamented that Sindh Govt was neglecting the remote areas.
Agha Hassan Baloch of BNP-Mengal maintained that despite its geo-political imkportance the minieral-rich Balochistan had been neglected in the past and as a result various areas of the Province lacked basic facilities including water and education. He complained of less allocation made in the PSDP this year. Agha Hassan Baloch demanded construction of Karachi-Quetta-Chaman Motorway and other infrastructure.
Aslam Bhoottani, independent, pointed towards the problems fishermen of Balochistan were facing. He also demanded govt. to take necessary measures for non-functional industrial zones in the province.
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