ISLAMABAD - An MQM delegation led by Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar called on Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani at his Parliament House Chamber on Friday. The Prime Minister said that economic revival of the country was on the top of his governments agenda and asked the parliamentarians to give maximum suggestions during budget debate. He expressed confidence that the steps taken in the budget 2009-10 would provide much-needed relief to the people. He said the government was taking steps for meeting energy needs of the country by setting up new power plants as well as by encouraging conservation. The delegation informed the Prime Minister that public at large, particularly the trading community, had hailed the announcement made by the Prime Minister regarding abolition of proposed carbon tax on CNG. They also informed the Prime Minister about matters relating the KESC as well as the development programmes in their constituencies. Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, Shaukat Tarin, and Minister of State for Finance and Economic Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar, were also present during the meeting and they discussed with the delegation the suggestions given by it on next years budget. Other members of the delegation included MNAs Salahuddin, Khawaja Sohail Mansoor, Abdul Qadir Khanzada, Abdul Wasim, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sufwan Yusuf, Dr Nadeen Ehsan, Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, Dr Muhammad Ayub Sheikh, Iqbal Muhammad Ali Khan, Syed Tayyab Hussain and Abdul Rashid. APP adds: Minister for Overseas Pakistanis Dr Farooq Sattar Friday said the salaries of government employees from Grade-1 to 16 would be increased by 20 per cent. Addressing a Press conference at the Parliament House, the MQM leader said he held a meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Advisor to Prime Minister Shaukat Tarin along with a delegation of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to discuss the Finance Bill 2009-10. On our request, the prime minister directed the concerned authorities to raise the government employees salaries from Grade-I to 16 by 20 per cent. Moreover, it was also decided that those government employees would also get 20 per cent raise in pensions who had retired before the year 2000, he added. Flanked by MQM leader Syed Haider Abbas Rizvi, Farooq Sattar said the prime minister was very candid in giving a sympathetic consideration to the MQM demands. The PM also assured the delegation that the subsidy on electricity would not be withdrawn at once and rather it would be withdrawn gradually, added the minister. He said the PM also agreed to withdraw Rs 20 paisa tax on Short Message Service (SMS) to give boost to the telecom industry. According to Sattar, The MQM delegation also raised the issue of a Pakistani family caught in drug smuggling charges in Saudi Arabia. We were assured that the punishment would not be given until the real culprits of the heroine smuggling are tracked down and are handed over to the Saudi authorities, he added. Dr Farooq Sattar said the Karachi power failure issue was also raised during the meeting. It was also agreed that a back-up plan to provide electricity to the Karachiites would be devised. Moreover, he added, it was decided that the power transmission lines would be doubled. The PM also assured the delegation that the distribution companies would be asked to enhance their efficiency so as no interruption occurs in the power supply to the consumers, he concluded.