A bud­get full of shocks

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HASHIM ABRO

The past track record of the present rul­ing party re­flects it has al­ways given the big­gest shocks to the com­mon man when­ever they have pre­sented the an­nual bud­get. In line with the past prac­tice and tra­di­tion, this time too, the in­cum­bent rul­ing elite is en­deav­our­ing to achieve through the jug­gling of num­bers-more and more shocks to the masses - in the bud­get for the fis­cal year 2016-17. The avail­able facts and fig­ures and re­li­able sources in the rel­e­vant Min­istries and Fed­eral Board of Rev­enue (FBR) re­veal that the bud­get will make the poor poorer. The PML( N) govern­ment bud­get has to be cor­po­rate-friendly, not the poor and salaried class peo­ple-friendly. The bud­get would re­duce the tax for cor­po­rate sec­tor but un­for­tu­nately there would be noth­ing for farm­ers/grow­ers. Sindh Prov­ince, agri­cul­ture, health and ed­u­ca­tion, women, girls and chil­dren would re­main ne­glected in this fed­eral bud­get 2016-17. So far the facts and fig­ures and the jug­glery of the num­bers has been full of shocks. Let’s see what the poor and salaried class, women, girls, health, ed­u­ca­tion and en­vi­ron­ment-friendly al­lo­ca­tions are an­nounced in the bud­get 2016-17 on the floor of the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

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