Treasury benches in Senate term budget pro-poor, growth-oriented

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ISLAMABAD, May 4 (APP):Treasury benches in the Senate Friday termed the federal budget 2018-19 as pro-poor and growth oriented, while opposition termed it as anti-poor.
Resuming debate on the federal budget, Senator Nuzhat Sadiq said the present government had presented pro-people budget for the fiscal year of 2018-19.
She said the present government had empowered the women in every field of life adding that government had made legislation for harassment at work place.
Criticizing 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 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 federal budget and criticized the government for announcing tax amnesty scheme. Nothing had been announced in the budget for the benefit of middle class, he claimed.