ISLAMABAD: Government lawmakers told the National Assembly (NA) on Monday that the budget for the fiscal year 2020-21 was focused on providing relief to the poor and deserving people of the country.
Participating in the budget debate, Raja Kurram Nawaz said that adequate funds were earmarked in the federal budget for the poor and deserving people as was evident from Ehsaas Programme.
He said that relief and support were provided to people living below the poverty line. He added that the prime minister was not seeking financial assistance for himself but for the poor people of Pakistan. He demanded share from the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award for the federal capital so that the funds could be spent on its progress and development.
Rashid Shafiq said the coronavirus had not only affected Pakistan but engulfed the whole world, adding appropriate measures had been taken by the government to control its spread and also ensured the continuation of economic activities to protect people from starvation.
He said that the previous governments ignored the health sector of Rawalpindi, however, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had established a hospital, which was neglected for decades on political grounds.
He said that appropriated funds had been allocated for education and for the provision of water to the twin cities – Rawalpindi and Islamabad. He also demanded honorarium for the employees performing their duties in the ongoing budget session.
Meanwhile, Mohammad Aslam Bhootani said the federal government presented a good budget in the prevailing situation.
He, however, highlighted the issues faced by the students in Balochistan due to coronavirus, saying that no online classes were being conducted in the province, which may lead to loss of an academic year of the students.
He said that the schemes announced in the Federal Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) should be initiated on time and not be carried forward.
Sajid Mehdi stressed the need for making the NA Committee on Agricultural Products more active to facilitate farmers.
He said that agriculture was an important sector for promoting economy, adding that unless the agriculture sector was developed, progress could not be made.
Aliya Kamran, however, criticised the government for not devising appropriate strategies to cope with various challenges faced by the country.
Khursheed Ahmed Junejo demanded to increase salaries of the government employees and pension.