LAHORE - Lahorites have rejected the provincial budget 2010-11 declaring it a tricky budget as no relief has been given to public except making tall claims, a survey conducted by The Nation revealed on Monday. People view the provincial budget as not with sufficient relief to steer a common man out of the clutches of financial constraints, as taxes on different utility bills and on the daily use items have been imposed by the federal government earlier, is going to write another chapter of miseries and problems galore of the masses throughout the next year. The people belonging to various stratum of life including traders, shopkeepers and consumers were of the view that government was claiming a public friendly budget this year but announced an ambiguous budget and the relieves to the masses just are an eye-wash. They said that government perhaps is not sincere with common man and the budget is anti-poor. They said that in order to control price-hike in the province, no step was being initiated except allocation of funds for sasti roti, which is not a common mans issue. They also expressed their apprehensions that government would levy taxes through mini budgets in upcoming months including the Value Added Tax (VAT), which would prove a bullet from the blue for the masses. The taxes on different items and daily use commodities have dwarfed the increase made in the salaries of the government employees in the current budget, the people said adding that government could not overcome the increasing dearness as announced increase in salaries against it was just a peanut and the spiralling prices of the daily food items from the start of the fiscal year would soon neutralise the relief again leading the poor to be crushed under financial problem. However, the labour class having little resources and unsatisfactory education and health facilities by the government would have to further pay taxes and increase in the utility bills under the fresh budgetary onslaught on them. The most affected of them are those working in private sector at low grade jobs and do not expect for them any relief or satisfactory wages (salaries) by private sector matching with the decision of the government. They said increase in salaries would be effective only if the government had solid policies to keep a check on price-hike and inflation on which it however, had so far been miserably failed. They further said that government should improve the tax collection system instead of levying more taxes, which is the only solution to generate sufficient funds to meet the needs. Atif Mubarik, an employee of a private firm, said that government needed to review and improve policies. He said that the federal as well as provincial governments have failed to control law and order situation in the country. He said that government also failed to attract the foreign investors due to increasing terrorism activities in the country. Malik Amir, a trader showed his dissatisfaction on the budget and said that business of all kinds in the country is suffering day by day due to price-hike and government is not making any solid policy in this regard and it also ignored the purchasing power of the laymen. Saeed Ahmed an employee told this scribe that government should fix the monthly wages (salary) of a worker or labourer minimum at Rs 18,000 in accordance with the skyrocketing prices of different items of daily use and utility bills. He added that the utility bills already consumed his whole salary of a month and he had to do extra labour to meet other expenses of his family.