Govt wants growth with development, intends to bring improvement in social sector, NA told

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 25 (APP):Minister of State for Revenue Muhammad Hammad Azhar Tuesday informed the National Assembly that the government wanted growth with development and intend to bring improvement in the social sector Responding to points
raised by various members of the National Assembly on Supplementary Finance
Bill, he said the government’s economic policy would not be financed by the deficit financing.
He said the government’s priority
was to rescue the economy from the current crisis.
Regulatory duties had been imposed on luxury
items to suppress imports and the same modus operandi was used by the previous
governments to compress them.
The state minister said the budgetary proposals envisage steps to help generating over
fifty percent of revenue from enforcement measures and going after the
non-filers and tax evaders.
He also criticized PML-N government for pushing the country into debit trap and said
the national kitty was total empty due to step taken by the previous
government. He said the present government had to make the debit
servicing.
He said the state-owned enterprises were enduring
the losses of Rs500 billion annually and the previous government had not
mentioned it.
He said previous government had also taken benefit from
decrease prices of oil in the international market.
He said the
current account defect was widened due to decrease in exports and increase in
import.
He also disagreed with the figure quoted by the member of PML-N
Ayesha Goush Pasha and asked her to recount those again.
The minister said regulatory duty had been imposed on the import of unnecessary items to benefit
the country’s economy.
Taking part in the debate, Ayesha Ghous said the new budgetary measures would have negative
impact on the overall growth rate.
Nafeesa Shah said increase in the prices of gas and power would trigger tsunami of inflation.
Shahnaz Wazir Baloch regretted that no allocation had been made in the mini budget for the maternal
health.
Participating in the debate Syed Naveed Qamar criticized
hike in the prices of natural gas, power, increasing tax on bank transactions saying
the government had done nothing to overcome budget deficit. Only cosmetic
measures were being taken in this regard.
He said indeed he failed to understand the direction of the government as the measures announced so far were
too ambiguous and perplexing. Government had not yet taken concrete steps to apprehend the tax
defaulters. Bonds could be issued to overcome budget deficit and generating revenue.
He criticized eliminating the difference between filers and non filers in buying
properties, vehicles.