NA passes 66 demands for grants relating to different departments

President summons National Assembly session today

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly today passed all sixty six demands for grants relating to different ministries, divisions and departments for the next fiscal year.
These demands were related to Climate Change, Commerce Division, Communications Division, Postal Services, Defense Division, Ministry of Federal Government Educational and Professional Training, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, Housing and Works Division, Federal Lodges, Human Rights Division, Industries and Production Division, Information Technology and Telecommunication Division, Ministry of Inter-Provincial Coordination, Maritime Affairs Division, National Assembly, National Health Services, Overseas and Human Resource Development Division, Planning and Reform Division, Privatization Division, Pakistan Railways, State and Frontier Regions Division, Ministry of Climate and Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony and others.
No cut motions were moved by the opposition on these demands for grants.
The House also approved another 23 demands for grants for the next financial year relating to various departments, including Cabinet, Establishment, Aviation and Capital Administration divisions, Prime Minister Office, National Security Division, Federal Public Service Commission, Meteorology Department, and Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Division.
The House rejected over 300 cut motions moved by opposition members against these demands.
Winding up discussion on cut motions, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said that 32 percent decrease in the expenditure of Prime Minister House has been made as expenses came down from 986 million to 675 million rupees since Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has come to power.
Regarding poverty alleviation, he said 192 billion rupees have been allocated to uplift the downtrodden. He said prime minister’s inspection commission has filed six inquiries in just one year against five inquiries during the entire term of PML-N government of the past. He said funds allocation for National Disaster Management Authority is being increased to help people during calamities.
In their speeches on cut motions, the opposition members criticized performance of the Cabinet Division, Establishment Division and other departments. They opposed allocation of budget for Cabinet Division as it has failed to deliver.
They said Prime Minister’s office is being run by non-elected people. They said that the prime minister has lost his credibility by telling fudged figures to the people about PM Office’s expenditure. They said that about four million people have gone below the poverty line due to mismanagement of economic matters.
The lawmakers demanded provinces’ share under National Finance Commission award should be ensured and focus should be made on improvement of the performance of Pakistan International Airlines. They said no sector has been given relief in the budget. Members belonging to PPP demanded that New Islamabad International Airport after Benazir Bhutto.
Shazia Marri demanded five honorariums for officials of Radio Pakistan, PTV, APP, PID, who covered the budget session. She also demanded the same for the staff of the Capital Development Authority and other departments, who performed duty during the budget session.
Those who took part in the debate include Barjees Tahir, Abdul Qadir Patel, Abdul Akbar Chitrali, Khurram Dastgir Khan, Hina Rabbani Khar, Ayesha Ghaus Pasha, Zahid Akram Durrani, Shagufta Jumani, Saad Waseem, Shahid Akhtar Ali, Tahira Aurangzeb, and Shazia Marri.


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