ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Monday, assured the National Assembly that the government was doing its utmost for the safe return of Pakistani students stuck in Kyrgyzstan and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) had already sent C-130 to Osh to airlift them. The Prime Minister said steps were being taken to expedite the evacuation of stranded students to Pakistan and more planes carrying tents, food and medicines would be sent in next 48 hours. The Prime Minister said it was very unfortunate that a Pakistani student lost his life after a bullet hit him during riots. We realise the condition of the parents of stranded students in the strife-torn country and all out efforts are being made to save their lives, he said. It may be recalled that the Kyrgyz political situation has left one Pakistani student dead and around 269 stranded in the riot-stricken city of Osh. Meanwhile, taking part in the debate on Finance Bill 2010-11 Members of the National Assembly expressed concerns over the increasing burden of debts and poor financial management, describing it a root cause of prevailing economic crisis in the country and stressed for policies to ensure effective economic management. The House resumed discussion on the annual budget for fiscal 2010-11 in which the members from both sides of the aisle urged the government for bridging gap in demand and supply of power to revive the national economy as well as industry. Resuming the discussion, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member Engr Khurram Dastgir said that the budget was not pro-poor and blamed the government for fudging the economic performance figures. He said that the government had not shown the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans in its total debts, adding that countrys total debt stands at Rs9 trillion at present. Quoting figures from independent survey that 60 percent of countrys population was living on less than $2 a day, he deplored that the government had not shown the percentage of the poor in its recently release Economic Survey. He said that incorporation of financial ordinance in the Finance Bill was against the law, urging the government to withdraw the decision. He said that the foreign investment had fallen from 19 percent of GDP to 16.5pc, which he said was a concern to be addressed. Quoting the government figures, he said that about 15,870 MW electricity was available in 2008, which decreased to 14,000 MW in 2010 and asked the concerned ministry give reasons for this decreases. Speaking on the occasion, Akhunzada Chattan, appreciated the government for making such a pro-poor budget at this time of crisis. 'Owing to unfavourable circumstance it was felt that this budget would be a cruel budget, however, the government has succeeded in preparing such a pro-poor budget, he remarked. He appreciated the government for enhancing the fund for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) from Rs8.60 billion last year to Rs15 billion this year, however stressed the need for developing a proper audit system to ensure transparent utilisation of these funds. Raza Hayat Haraj, deplored that the government had borrowed over $12 billion in just two years while $42 billion were borrowed in about 60 years. Criticising the Benazir Income Support Programmes (BISP), he said that this would render us a nation of beggars. He described the 'Sasti Roti programme as discriminatory saying that only one province was being provided this relief whereas the people of other provinces had to buy a roti at Rs10. He said that the government could easily overcome the budget deficit if it focused on eliminating corruption form the departments. He said that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) was being accused of corruption of Rs500 billion and if the government succeeded in eliminating this menace, it could mitigate the budget deficit to a great extent. He also criticised energy saving strategy of the government saying that two weekly offs, and distribution of 30 million energy savers would not mitigate the crisis but the government would have to focus on long-term strategy and build dams for benefit of the country. Participating in the debate Abdul Rashid Godal said NFC award was an important step towards strengthening the provinces but even then Sindh province was far behind and funds allocation in PSDP for the province were not allocated according to its needs. He said there was dire need to work for good governance and added that there was a lot to be done for the betterment of overseas Pakistanis. Godal said that minimum tax should not be more than 0.2 per cent and income tax on withholding tax should not be more than 3 per cent. He demanded holding local government elections which would help in strengthening the districts and solving their problems at gross-root level. Godal demanded to raise the budget of two key sectors including education and health to five and seven percent respectively. Asia Nasir said criticism should not be for the sake of criticism only and we must appreciate positive steps of the government. She appreciated the raise in government employees salaries up to 50 percent and demanded regularisation of contractual employees and enhancement in wages of daily wagers. She opined that there was lot to be done to overcome corruption in different departments as this menace is destroying our institutions. Asia criticised the cut of funds in different ministries budget including Ministry of Science and Technology, Tourism Ministry, Higher Education, etc., and said there is need to allocate more funds for these ministries as they are some of the most important areas government should focus on. Taking part in the discussion, Justice (R) Iftikhar Ahmed Cheema said that budget was not just a game of figures but it was the hope of people who waited for their destiny. He was of the view that no relief had been announced in the budget for poor and thus they could not term it a people-friendly budget. Giving facts, he said the government had imposed taxes worth Rs85 billion and the budget deficit was Rs685 billion, whereas Rs1000 only have been increased for the poor and downtrodden class of society. He added that subsidy had been lifted from the most important items like flour, ghee, tea, rice and urea etc, whereas a cut of Rs7 billion and Rs3 billion has been made on higher education and health. Cheema was of the view that after the imposition of Value Added Tax (VAT), the ratio of inflation would increase manifold.