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Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders criticises government of Punjab for presenting a budget which is anti-masses

Islamabad, June 16, 2016 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Thursday criticised government of Punjab for presenting a budget which is anti-masses.

The government has preferred useless mega projects over critical areas like health, education, sanitation etc. while south Punjab has been ignored, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

He said that budget offers nothing to poor and middle-class, labourers and farmers adding that Kisan Package has almost met the fate of health insurance scheme.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that all the steps taken in the name of benefitting small farmers are aimed to please landlords who have never paid tax despite enjoying a princely living.

He noted that slapping tax on small cars, commercial and residential plots and other unpopular steps taken in the budget cannot be accepted.

The provincial budget with Rs550 billion allocated for ADP has not focused critical sectors like health, education, water supply etc. while questions are being raised about the ability of the administration as almost 37 percent money allocated for last year ADP has not been utilised.

The budget has claimed to produce half a million new jobs but it has not clarified how that will happen as it seems impossible, he observed.

Shahid Rasheed Butt said that Punjab is under foreign debt obligation of Rs436 billion which will be jacked up to Rs620 billion due to Orange Line train and other controversial steps.

For more information, contact:
Jahangir Akhtar
Secretary General
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry
Office No, 9 Block E, Super Market, Islamabad
Cell: 0344-5111174

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