ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Thursday passed the federal budget with a total outlay of Rs2.9 trillion for the next financial year while the PML-N parliamentarians utilised all their energies to lodge a strong protest against the prime minister and his government.
The House passed the Finance Bill, 2012, giving legal cover to the budgetary proposals. Amendments moved by the finance minister were approved and incorporated into the bill.The PML-N members, while chanting slogans against the prime minister and government, also tore the copies of agenda. A woman MNA of PML-N Tahmina Daultana placed her bangles in front of the Federal Minister Naveed Qamar. Chaudhry Saud Majeed, who had been assigned the task of pointing out lack of quorum in the National Assembly, did so twice, causing some disruption in the proceedings but on both occasions the House was found in order.
The National Assembly on Thursday approved all 151 demands for grants of 40 ministries and departments amounting to Rs2.077 trillion.Minister for finance Dr Hafeez Shaikh and minister for textile industry Makhdoom Shahabuddin moved the demands, which were approved by the members with majority voice vote.
The House approved Rs170,399,536,000 for Cabinet Division, Rs9,737,873,000 for CADD, Rs444,258,000 for ministry of climate change, Rs5,703,643,000 for commerce, Rs6,298,196,000 for communications, Rs556,657,134,000 for defence, Rs2,554,146,000 for defence production, Rs68,822,829,000 for economic affairs and statistics, Rs962,914,448,000 for finance, revenue, planning and development, Rs12,606,867,000 for foreign affairs, Rs5,466,459,000 for housing and works, Rs303,505,000 for human resource development, Rs270,804,000 for human rights, Rs1,494,265,000 for industries, Rs5,609,523,000 for information and broadcasting, Rs3,436,452,000 for information technology, Rs64,801,358,000 for interior, Rs1,411,803,000 for inter-provincial coordination and Rs11,377,526,000 for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit and Baltistan.
The House also approved demands worth Rs3,942,134,000 for law and justice, Rs1,788,528,000 for narcotics control, Rs3,080,717,000 food security and research, Rs208,882,000 for national harmony, Rs850,376,000 for national heritage and integration, Rs439,005,000 for national regulations and services, Rs603,831,000 for overseas Pakistanis, Rs245,655,000 for parliamentary affairs, Rs946,120,000 for petroleum and natural resources, Rs861,674,000 for ports and shipping, Rs12,911,734,000 for postal services, Rs108,993,000 for privatisation, Rs71,868,000 for production, Rs3,947,709,000 for professional and technical training, Rs70,553,079,000 for railways, Rs635,849,000 for religious affairs, Rs5,403,510,000 for science and technology, Rs34,145,436,000 for SAFRON, Rs333,079,000 for textile industry, Rs45,620,337,000 for water and power and Rs63,5264,000 for National Assembly and Senate.
The National Assembly also approved all 134 supplementary demands for grants and appropriation worth Rs602.14 billion for the year 2011-12.
Federal ministers Syed Naveed Qamar, Makhdoom Shahabuddin, Riaz Hussain Pirzada and minister of state Khawaja Sheraz Mahmood presented excess demands for grants and appropriation of various federal ministries, divisions and institutions for the years 1989-90, 1991-92 and 2005-06.