KARACHI - The MPAs of PML-F while taking part in the discussion on the provincial budget for next fiscal year demanded withdrawal of the Rangers from the province while PTI members emphasised on the government to increase agriculture income tax by 400 percent.

During the discussion on the annual budget, the Sindh Assembly witnessed fight of words among PPP’s Sharmila Farooqui and opposition of PTI, PML-F and PML-N’s women lawmakers.

As usual the House commenced at 11.30am against the scheduled time of 9.30am with Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani in the chair on Monday.

After adopting three resolutions, the general discussion on the annual budget resumed.  

PML-F’s Mehtab Akbar Rashdi from opposition benches opined that despite staying for long period and spending from provincial exchequer, the rangers didn’t provide any positive output in maintaining law and order. She suggested the Sindh government to withdraw the federal force immediately. She also proposed the government to divert the budget being spent on rangers to police for providing residential, financial, educational, health and training facilities to the provincial force.

She feared that budget deficit may increase from Rs21 billion to Rs30 billion as 10pc increase and other expenditures were not mentioned in the budget estimates.

Former bureaucrat in her soft words criticised the PPP government for its failure in spending the development budget, saying that the government reduced the development outlay from Rs181 billion to Rs97 billion but non-development expenditures of the departments and ministers were further hiked in the outstanding fiscal year.

Rashdi said that corruption was rampant in the education department during the five years of last government, hoping that Senior Education Minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro will start cleansing the department from corrupt mafia.

She believed that less number of secondary schools and colleges in Sindh was the major reason of high dropout ratio from primary schools in the province.

Former educationist underlined the need to change the criteria and academic qualification for hiring the teachers. She also emphasised on the government to bring change in the curriculum and prepared it according to the geographical and historical needs of the province.

Mehtab Rashdi proposed to depoliticize the police, education and health departments and ensure good governance, which is necessary for progress and prosperity of the Sindh.

Hafeezuddin of PTI termed the Sindh budget for FY2013-14 a ‘Wadera’s Budget’. He said that tax receipts from the agriculture were just 0.6pc of total provincial revenue. He demanded the government to increase the agriculture income tax by 400pc, claiming that PPP government has ignored the industrial sector and Karachi’s infrastructure, which is the main source of revenue generation not only for Sindh but also for national economy.

MQM’s Rehan Zafar said that Sindh government had been allocating funds for the Dairy and Meat Company but there was no such firm existed in the province. He alleged that financial embezzlements were occurred in the uplift schemes of the livestock departments.

PML-N’s Masroor Jatoi said that PPP government had failed in all sectors. He demanded the government to form a house committee to investigate into Rs50 billion funds spent on the Thar Coal Authority during last five years but no outcome in terms of electricity generation is seen on ground. PPP’s Sharmila Farooqui criticised the PTI, PML-F and PML-N. She showed a cartoon published in a newspaper in which masses were seen victim of PML-N government’s increase in GST.

Her comments irked the opposition members especially PTI, PML-F and PML-N, who stood on their feet and continued protesting.  

Speaking and exchanging of harsh words between Sharmila Farooqui of PPP and Nusrat Sehar Abbasi of PML-F, Sorath Thebo of PML-N and PTI’s members at the same time, which turned the house into fish market for few minutes. 

Sharmila said that though government imposed tax on those beauty parlors which earn over Rs3.6 million annually but opposition members objected this levy.

She offered free treatment for opposition PML-F’s Nusrat Sehar Abbasi at the beauty parlor of Shehla Raza, which also invited same respond from the opposition benches. Women lawmakers also leveled allegations against each other as Sharmila challenged the opposition female lawmakers to bring the resolution against the Kalabagh Dam.

The Speaker adjourned the proceedings of the House till Tuesday.