PPP decides to protest against Federal Budget 2016-17 terming it statistical maneuver
The decision came in a high-level party advisory meeting chaired by former president Asif Ali Zardari in Dubai after Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented budget bill speech in National Assembly.
Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, senior PPP leader Faryal Talpur and Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shah were also present on the occasion.
The PPP leadership meeting had also consensus on taking strict measure against the government over Panama Leaks investigation.
On the other hand, the PPP senators Dr Karim Khawaja, Ejaz Dhamra and Engineer Gayan Chand have declared the finance bill as a pack of lies and tactful manipulation of statistics.
While condemning the federal government with regard to federal budget-2016-17, they said the federal budget was a complete failure as it had totally ignored smaller provinces especially Sindh that added up to 70 percent of country’s total revenue annually.
“Sindh is that province where people from all sides of the country land for earning bread and butter and the provincial government has always catered to their needs while the federal government has totally ignored this important factor in annual budget,” they said.
They said that the federal government had ignored Sindh’s needs for large development schemes and projects. The federal budget failed to carry along the need for improvements in social, health and education sectors. The pensioners and public servants would also get nothing from this federal budget, PPP media cell Sindh reported.
The PPP senators said that no mentionable increase was announced in federal budget with regard to salaries of government employees and the pensioners which would worsen their living.
“The federal budget has only favoured the elite and the rich while the masses would bear the huge burden of indirect taxes which would enhance the poverty rate and unemployment which in return would worsen the long standing division in different social classes of the society,” said the senators.
They said that the cotton crop has faced a decline upto 31 percent for which the federal budget does not offer workable programmes. The federal budget has also failed to lay any programme for the alleviation of the poverty and unemployment.
They said that the federal budget would further deteriorate the ongoing wave of frustration among the people of smaller provinces.
The PPP leaders demanded that the allocations for the Public Sector Development Programme should be revised and enhanced and new schemes should be added.
They also demanded that indirect taxes should be removed and minimum wages should be Rs15, 000 a month.