| GEO Pakistan|
| MNAs for increasing minimum wage to Rs10000|
| Updated at: 1836 PST, Friday, June 11, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: Members of the various political parties urged the government to increase minimum wage to Rs 10000 and take effective measures to overcome energy crisis.
They while taking part in the National Assembly's debate on the budget 2010-2011 today also expressed concerns over the withdrawal of subsidies on various food items.
Taking part in the debate Rana Muhammad Ishaq Khan urged the government to take effective measures on priority basis to overcome energy crisis.
He also stressed the need for paying more attention on the development of agriculture sector, which would not only help increase in yield but also improve economic conditions of the farmers.
Akram Maseh Gill expressed concern over ignoring Christian community and called upon the government to pay attention on the resolution of socio-economic problems being faced by them.
He urged the government to also provide special funds to the deserving Christians from Pakistan Baitul Maal besides enhancing allocations for them.
Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho termed the budget as people-friendly saying that efforts have been made to ensure sustainable economic growth init. She urged the government to mobilize all resources for improvement of socio-economic conditions of poor masses.
Khushbakht Shujaat emphasized the need for diverting economic resources to the federating units so that effective measures could be taken for the improvement of neglected segments of the society.
She said there is dire need of taking more measures to overcome price hike, unemployment, illiteracy and reduce poverty.
Tanweer Hussain expressed concern over withdrawal of subsidies on food commodities and said this will result in harming the poor farmers.
He emphasized for substantial increase in the salaries of low-paid employees particularly the contractual people.
Prince Mohyuddin appreciated the government for its efforts against terrorist elements and said that more resources should be allocated for defence sector to root out this menace.
He called upon the government to expedite work on Lowari Top Tunnel to link Chitral with the rest of the country.