LAHORE: Punjab Assembly on Friday witnessed criticism coming from the treasury benches on the provincial budget on the second consecutive day.

While some treasury members lauded the new budget proposals as revolutionary in nature, others pointed out disparity in the allocations.

Taking part in the budget debate, Mian Tariq Mehmood said that government makes huge allocations in the budget but does not stick to its priorities afterwards. Referring to the pre-budget debate in the Assembly, he pointed out that members were earlier asked to come up with their budgetary proposals, but none of these have been reflected in the budget.

Tariq also cast aspersions on government’s ability to deliver justice, saying that despite having full mandate of the people the present government had failed to dispense justice to them.

“Here in Pakistan, we have seen Musharraf, Asif Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif seeking justice”, he said.

Munawar Ghous showed concern over imposition of agriculture tax on farmers, saying it had been levied on the dictation of the IMF. He demanded that government should either withdraw this tax or it should be deferred for 10 years.

Ahmad Khan Baloch lauded the government for addressing farmers’ problems in the new budget, but complained that poor man was not getting justice under the present government. He asked the chief minister to empower the elected representatives of the people as everybody did not have access to the chief minister.

Rana Jamil grumbled that a Girls High School in his constituency was without electricity for the last over one year. “My daughters have been forced to get education with electricity. “I curse the present system”, he said in an emotional tone. Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal expunged the word, ‘curse’ from the Assembly proceedings.

Amjad Ali Javid complained that funds had not been allocated in the budget for upgradation of schools in his constituency. He called it an unfair distribution of resources. “While thirty development schemes have been proposed for one constituency in a district, another constituency has not been considered even for a single scheme”, he moaned, adding that his voters were perturbed over the situation.

Wahid Gull called for review of new taxes on vehicles. He said many assembly members had no vehicle and they should be allowed to have one free of all taxes. To the surprise of many in the House, Mr Gull pleaded the case of opposition members saying that they should also be given development funds.

Malik Javid Awan demanded of the government to provide adequate health facilities to people in the rural areas.

Waris Kallu opposed new taxes on farmers and demanded that government should stop FBR from issuing notices to them.

Other treasury members including Madiha Rana, Ch Muhammad Iqbal, Tariq Masih Gill and Abdul Razzaq Dhhilon praised the government for announcing a relief package for the farmers and hefty allocations for education and health sectors.