ISLAMABAD: Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday urged the government to allocate more funds for education sector to meet literacy targets and create employment and business opportunities in the country.
The House resumed general discussion on the federal budget 2014-15 with the government members opining that the federal budget has plugged all holes for corruption.
Taking part in the discussion, Nafisa Inayatullah Khattak said according to the international organizations, Pakistan is far behind the literacy targets the country had committed under the Millennium Development Goals.
She said Rs86.4 billion has been allocated for education sector of which major chunk would be spent on non-development expenditures.
She said 5.1 million children were out of schools in Pakistan, two-thirds of which comprise the girls.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the government paid back Rs480 billion circular debt but the IPPs were still complaining of funds shortage to produce more required power.
He said the government should generate low-cost power keeping in view the affordability of the common man.
He said due to one or the other reason, around 350 Pakistani industrialists have shifted their business in Tanzania creating unemployment in the country.
Sheikh Rasheed also asked the government to adopt clear cut strategy against terrorism by either launching operation or pursuing the course of dialogue effectively.
Omay Ayub said the proposed budget has plugged all holes for corruption and rupee value has appreciated owing to effective economic policies.
About the PTI’s suggestion to reduce sales tax, he said a committee comprising all stakeholders has already been asked to mull over it.
He said energy projects in Guddu, Nandipur, Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park, Golan Gol, and Larkana power plants have all been covered under PSDP negating that the proposed budget only focused on projects in Punjab province.
He said despite having huge production of food items in Khyber Pukhtunkkhwa province, the provincial government could not reduce the prices of the commodities.
Omar Ayub said almost 70 percent development budget of the KPK province lapsed that was a criminal negligence, adding that the provincial government was planning to introduce Metro Bus project at much higher rate than that of Rawalpindi-Islamabad Metro Bus project.
He said the KPK got Rs222 billion share in taxes and Rs 118 billion development funds but the performance of the government concerned was not up to the mark.