(Senate continues debate on Finance Bill 2022-23)

ISLAMABAD:The Senate continued debate on Finance Bill 2022-23 on Friday. Participating in the debate, Senator Faisal Javed urged the government not to stop funds for dams’ construction and social welfare programs of the PTI government which were aimed at providing relief to poor people.

He said the Federal cabinet should also reduce their foreign tours to save the national exchequer. Criticizing the government’s fiscal policies including price hike of Petroleum products, he said fair and free general elections are the only way forward to put the country’s economy on the right track.

Maulana Faiz Muhammad said more funds should be allocated to Agriculture sector to enhance the productivity. In this regard, provision of water should be ensured in all areas of the country including Balochistan.

Ali Zafar said taxation on immovable property is a provincial subject, therefore, the Federal government should not exercise such powers that contradict with the country’s constitution. He said measures should be taken to control inflation, anchoring State Bank reserves. He said NFC should also be revised to strengthen the federation. Others who participated in the debate include Kamran Murtaza, Senator Kamran Michael and Haji Hidayat Ullah.