Islamabad- Terming the federal budget 2013-14 mere a jugglery of words, the opposition parties viewed that no increase in the salary of government servants, raise in the General Sales Tax (GST), and some other unfriendly measures would further multiply the miseries of poor masses.

Around 80 lakh families were waiting for ‘annual traditional’ raise in their salaries but the newly elected government not only disappointed them but also raised GST which would shortly prove substantial increase in inflation.

Despite the tall claims, the PML-N government in its first so-called people friendly budget has not even fixed minimum wages but transferred burden to the middle class and less privileged section of the country, they maintained.

Talking to the newsmen, leader of opposition in the national assembly Syed Khursheed Shah said the federal budget has disappointed the masses by not increasing salaries of government servants.

This very measure of ruling party would affect around 80 lac families of the countries, which need to be reviewed, he added.

PPP’s central leader said that this government had not fixed minimum wages for peasants, which was even in PML-N’s manifesto.

Commenting on GST, he was of the view that inflation would increase into double digit by raising in the General Sales Tax (GST). He added the removal of would result in further hike in electricity tariffs, which will further increase the burden on the poverty-stricken people.

To a question about the change in the name of Benazir Income Support Program (BISP), he said that PPP would put pressure on the ruling party to revive the old name.

Having almost same remarks about the federal budget 2013-14, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) categorically rejected the federal budget considering it mere a jugglery of words.

“It is just point scoring which has badly disappointed the masses,” said central Secretary Information Dr. Shireen Mazari, adding that no increase in salaries of government servants and increase General Sales Tax (GST) from 16 percent to 17 percent would further increase miseries of masses. She added that education, communication and other important departments were ignored in this budget.

Giving their detailed reaction, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MMQ) strongly criticized the federal government for increasing GST from 16 to 17 per cent. “This measure would create tsunami of inflation in future, which needs to be reviewed,” said Dr. Farooq Sattar, adding that it was injustice with the poor masses.

The MQM leader said that it was traditional budget as no measure has been announced to check inflation‚ unemployment and poverty. He added that no cut was announced in tariff of electricity, gas and water, which would further increase the burden on the poverty stricken masses.

JUI-F, which has recently announced to sit on government benches, considered that the present budget has been prepared by the bureaucracy as such the new government needs to make economic reforms.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rahman welcomed the announcement of the government to removed circular debt but added it should be done in a way that it does not create inflation and widen deficit.

Maulana said, we need to announce medium and long-term measures as well in order to resolve energy crisis.

He suggested that solar energy should be tapped in as such government should establish subsided factories for solar panels in cooperation with private investors.

He also criticised WAPDA for claiming it will start Basha Dam as it has $9 billion dollars saying we should not mislead people by such catchy announcement. “Yes we need dams but we need to raise resources as everybody know WAPDA does not have huge resources at this juncture”.

He said that tax net should be increased but it should not be made a burden on common men and middle class.