ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly on Thursday passed the Rs 2.9 trillion federal budget for the year 2009-10 after the passage of finance bill. State Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar tabled the budget recommendations for the approval of budget as well as finance bill. The Senate has sent 36 recommendations out of which 24 have been approved completely while two has been approved with some amendments. The National Assembly (NA) approved 124 demands for grants over Rs 1.73 trillion for the financial year 2009-10. State Minister for finance Hina Rabbani Khar presented in NA 124 supplementary demands for grants over Rs 1. 73 trillion for federal ministries and departments following the passage of finance bill and the house approved them with majority vote. The National Assembly also passed supplementary demands for grants and appropriations for the year 2008-2009. Under clause 1 of Article 82 of Constitution, these demands for grants can be discussed but there cannot be a voting on it. The supplementary grants for demands are worth over Rs 2.079 trillion (Rs 2,079,827,506,000). Riaz Hussain Pirzada said there were some departments in these Grants, which were in fact a burden on national exchequer and should be scrapped. He said provision of justice should be the sole responsibility of the present tiers of judiciary from magistrate level to high courts and Supreme Court. Pirzada called for abolishing the offices of Federal Ombudsman, Federal Tax Ombudsman and Shariat Court. He said Pakistan has officially been declared an Islamic Republic, therefore, any judgement from the present courts will be in accordance with Islam, hence there is no need of Shariat Court. The budget had been presented in the National Assembly on the 13th of this month would be effective from July 1. The budget has also a Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) of Rs 646 billion for the next financial year (2009-10) aimed at improving infrastructure in the country and ensuring provision of better civic amenities to the masses. The government has taken a number of steps in the new budget to give relief to the common man particularly the poor that include allocation of Rs 70 billion for Benazir Income Support Programme and 20 per cent increase in the salaries of low paid employees (Up to grade 16). Some difficult decisions have been taken in the new budget for the restructuring of economic structure and expanding tax net to enhance government revenue and to improve socio economic conditions of the masses. Priority has been accorded for providing basic necessities to the Internally Displaced Persons. There is a provision of Rs 50 billion for IDPs for rehabilitation, reconstruction of infrastructure and revival of economic activities. The government has thanked opposition and treasury benches for cooperation in approval of budget and finance bill. Speaking on the occasion, Chief Whip Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) in the house Sheikh Aftab Ahmed has congratulated the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in approval of budget, saying his party on the directives of party Quaid Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is lending unconditional support to Government. He said PML-N did not want midterm elections in the country. Opposition and treasury benches are two wheels of democracy, he said, adding that, we should work jointly to strengthen democracy and democratic institution in the country. Chief Whip Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Syed Khurshid Shah also thanked opposition for cooperation with Government as saying it is historic day in Parliamentary history. Chief Whip PML-Q Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada has lauded the role of Chief Whip PPP Syed Khurshid Shah to run the budget session smoothly and his cooperation with opposition. He said the statue of Khurshid Shah should be displayed outside the Parliament. Federal Minister for Ports and Shipping Babar Khan Ghouri, while congratulating the government over approval of budget, said police, cameraman, reporters and personnel of 14 departments have worked for more than 14 hours during budget session, therefore, they should be given three months salaries.