Budget pro-poor, pro growth: Senate treasury benches

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ISLAMABAD: Treasury benches in the Senate Friday termed the federal budget 2018-19 as pro-poor and growth-oriented, while the opposition termed it as anti-poor.
Resuming the debate on the federal budget, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq said the present government had presented a pro-people budget for the fiscal year of 2018-19.She said the present government had empowered women in every field of life adding that the government had made legislation for harassment at the workplace.

Criticising the budget, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed said it was not the mandate of the present government to present the budget for the whole year. He termed the budget anti-poor and anti-labour, and said that it was presented without announcing the National Finance Commission (NFC) Award.

Senator Khanzada Khan claimed that additional burden had been put on the poor segments of the society. He was of the view the government had not focused on education and health sectors.

He said that the present government had no moral justification to present the federal budget and criticised the government for announcing the tax amnesty scheme. Nothing had been announced in the budget for the benefit the of middle class, he claimed.

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