Committee formed to shift displaced people from QAU lands to model villages: Senate informed

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Committee formed to shift displaced people from QAU lands to model villages: Senate informed

The Senate resumed its session at the parliament house in Islamabad on Friday with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair.

Minister of State for Revenue Hammad Azhar said that a committee has been formed to find out the ways to shift the people who were displaced from the land of Quaid-e-Azam University to model villages.

He was responding to a calling attention notice moved by Javed Abbasi towards the miseries of the displaced residents of Quaid-e-Azam University land, who were promised to be accommodated in the model villages by the Capital Development Authority.

The Minister of State said that in previous governments tenure CDA was used for political motives which destroyed the organization.

The House resumed discussion on the Finance Supplementary (Second Amendment), 2019.

Taking part in the debate, Sikandar Mandhro said the supplementary finance bill envisages no relief for the poor segment of the society. He said relief has only been extended to the corporate sector and businesses. He said government is not fulfilling its promises made in its manifesto.

Mian Raza Rabbani termed the budget as class oriented, benefitting the business class of the country. He said there is no relief for the common man, middle and salaried class. He said government has increased gas and power tariffs as well as imposed new taxes on the dictation of International Monetary Fund. He said the budget carries no measures to address the issue of circular debt and revive the state owned enterprises.

Mushtaq Ahmed said prices of essential items are on the rise over the past five months. He said the government should also have in the supplementary Finance Bill announced abolishment of interest and a mechanism to recover the plundered amount. He said Pakistan cannot achieve economic stability without breaking the debt trap.

He said concrete steps need to be taken to uplift the agriculture and industrial sectors in order to ensure sustainable development. He demanded reduction in the prices of petroleum products and medicines.

Azam Swati said previous governments are responsible for the current crisis and plight of poor people.

He said the government is taking all possible steps for the revival of economy. He said to regularize remittances Hundi and Hawala must be discouraged.

The House will now meet again on Monday at 3:30 pm.