KARACHI - Opposing the proposed bailout package of federal government for stockbrokers, the lawmakers in Sindh Assembly on Tuesday suggested that instead of saving the billionaire brokers of the Karachi Stock Exchange, the government should use this amount to provide support, shelter and food to poor segment of population. Member Sindh Assembly Arif Mustafa Jatoi, the son of former caretaker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, has filed a motion in which he strongly opposed the proposed bailout package of federal government for billionaire stockbrokers. "Rs50 billion being spent to save the billionaire members of Karachi Stock Exchange should be better utilised by providing shelter and food to poor people so that they would not leave their children at Edhi Centres due to poverty", Jatoi demanded. Though, despite the attention drawn by MPA Arif Jatoi, the House did not take up his resolution for discussion. Meanwhile, in another resolution, which was also not taken for discussion, Arif Jatoi proposed that budget performance of provincial government must be brought to the Assembly every quarter for discussion in order to ensure constant monitoring by the elected representatives of the masses. Besides, the legislators in the provincial assembly also raised their voice against the inefficiency of present PPP government in Sindh and maintained that despite the notification for starting sugarcane-crushing season from November 10, 2008, majority of the sugar mills had yet not resumed working. PML-F Parliamentary leader in the Sindh Assembly, Jam Madad Ali, drew the attention of government and said the sugar mills had yet not started crushing of sugarcane adding that further delay would result in huge financial losses to the farmers. He said the sowing of wheat would be affected in upcoming season due to inordinate delay in the sugarcane as its cultivation mostly starts after harvest of sugarcane. Predicting severe flour crisis in upcoming year, the Opposition leader said the area of wheat sowing would definitely decrease due to the standing sugarcane crop in the fields while per acre yield of wheat would also decrease. Meanwhile, in another resolution, PML-Q MPA Shahryar Khan Mahar demanded that the government should ensure that the Irri-6 rice must be purchased at minimum rate of Rs1,400-/40kg from the mills and farmers should get the minimum rate of Rs700/40kg for their paddy crop through PASSCO as rice paddy was rotting in the fields causing untold hardships to the poor farmers of Sindh. Replying to a question, Provincial Minister for Livestock, Abdul Haq Bhurt, said the scheme titled 'Public Private Partnership for Livestock and Dairy Farming in Sindh' was being launched during current FY09 while terms of references for this project were being finalised. He informed the House that the proposal to import cattle was also under consideration. Minister for Agriculture Ali Nawaz Shah informed the legislators that PASSCO had opened 15 centres for procurement of rice paddy in Sindh while remaining would start functioning soon.