ISLAMABAD - The budget proposals drew mix a response from the Senators on Tuesday as some of the members of upper house praised the federal government for coming up with poor-friendly budget proposals while some termed it anti-masses.

Among those terming the budget-proposals as pro-masses, Senator Sajid Mir went on to a great extant and praised the team of PML-N for giving a healthy budget and opined that it will improve the national ailing country.

“After going through the budget document, I am under the impression that this would help achieve self-reliance which is impossible without economic revival,” said Senator Mir while taking part in the budget debate in Senate on Tuesday.

He appreciated the finance minister and his team for proposing abolishment of secret and discretionary funds of the cabinet members.

“It is indeed a good proposal. We must appreciate it,” remarked Sajid Mir.

Terming the increment in the PSDP despite financial constraints as a good step, Mir said that the move reflects the resolve of the government for public welfare. He called for revival of Pakistan Railways, PIA and Steel Mills.

Commenting on allocation of huge funds for HEC, Senator Sajid Mir said that it was a wonderful step and shows how serious is the incumbent government to spend on HEC.

However, Senator Kazim Khan termed the budget anti-masses and alleged that budget proposals were prepared following the dictation from the IMF and other international powerful financial institutions that have direct involvement and influence in the incumbent government.

“The federal budget clearly shows it would benefit only the elites and businessmen,” said Senator Kazim while taking part in budget debate.

He added that the GST raise would result into price hike, which would badly affect the poverty stricken people.

Engr. Rasheed Khan said that the people of FATA were making sacrifices for the entire country but they were badly ignored in by the governments that had denied their due rights.

“Let me make it clear to you that people of FATA have been safeguarding the country’s borders since creation of this beloved country. Sadly, the government in the past did not bother to provide them due share in the NFC Award,” he said calling the incumbent government to take steps to ensure better future of the people of FATA.

Senator Rasheed said that Rs 18 billion that had been allocated for the development of FATA, were not enough.

“Even Balochistan received Rs100 billion under the NFC Award. People of FATA should be given the same share,” Senator Rasheed demanded.

Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel said that despite sacrifices rendered by the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in terrorism incidents, they were being denied of their due rights. He said that despite all their sacrifices, the people of KP had been withdrawn of tax concessions in the federal budget which should be revived.

He said that KPK had potential of producing around 44000 megawatts of power but the province was not being provided necessary funds. He said that the province was producing 5000 megawatts of electricity and its need was only 2200 megawatts while the rest was being given to other provinces.