Sen­a­tors for more author­ity to Se­nate on fi­nan­cial is­sues

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Sen­a­tors on Fri­day un­der­lined the need for grant­ing the Up­per House more author­ity to en­sure trans­parency in fi­nan­cial is­sues es­pe­cially per­tain­ing to prov­inces. Tak­ing part in the bud­get de­bate Sen­a­tor Muz­za­far Hus­sain Shah of PML (F) said ‘Pak­istan’s con­sti­tu­tional struc­ture is on the ba­sis of fed­er­al­ism’ but in prac­tice things are dif­fer­ent. The Se­nate is sup­posed to pro­tect in­ter­est of prov­inces and this should be given more author­ity on fi­nan­cial mat­ters es­pe­cially re­lated to prov­inces.

Speak­ing about the Se­nate rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee, he em­pha­sised that the Up- per House of the Par­lia­ment should be granted rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee (PAC) to over­see fi­nan­cial mat­ters re­lated to Prov­inces ef­fec­tively. He de­manded of the gov­ern­ment to in­clude rec­om­men­da­tions to be given the by the Se­nate in the an­nual bud­get but “it is not be­ing given at­ten­tion”.

He said agri­cul­ture sec­tor was play­ing im­por­tant role in the coun­try’s economy, adding the gov­ern­ment should re­duce im­port duty on agri­cul­ture sec­tor-re­lated ma­chin­ery like trac­tors, har­vesters and others to fa­cil­i­tate farm­ers aimed at in­creas­ing their agri pro­duc­tion by us­ing tax free ma­chin­ery. The gov­ern­ment should an­nounce min­i­mum sup­port price for cot­ton or wheat af­ter tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion pro­duc­tion cost adding ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem which was now in di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion, he men­tioned.

Sen­a­tor Karim Khawaja of PPP said that ef­forts should be made to pass on bless­ings of China Pak­istan Eco­nomic Coori­dor (CPEC) project to less de­vel­oped ar­eas of the coun­try. Speak­ing on cli­mate change is­sue, he said that cli­mate change was a ma­jor chal­lenge in the time to come but it had not been given al­lo­ca­tions to ad­dress the chal­lenges.

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