ISLAMABAD: The upper house of the parliament, Senate has sent as many as 154 recommendations out of 171 to National Assembly after unanimously approving it.
The senate session was held in the Chair of Chairman Senate Saddiq Sanjrani.
Senator Farooq H Naik presented recommendations of fiancé committee on the finance bill 2019 which was approved unanimously.
As per the recommendations, it urges the government to increase salaries and pension amount up to 15 percent while the government employees from grade one to 16 be exempted from income tax.
It also recommended a 10 percent Ad Hoc relief to government employees of grade 17 while a 20 percent ad Hoc relief to the government employees from grade one to 16.
It stressed the government the NCHD teacher salaries be fixed at 17500 and the HEC budget be raised at an amount of Rs 70 billion.
The finance committee advised the government not to increase the prices of sugar instead it should decrease the prices of sugar.
It recommended making use of funds related to Hajj and Zakat as per Shariah, early completion of the Gwadar Port, and exemption on withholding tax for taxpayers of Baluchistan.
Orders to be given to NHA for the construction of road from Havaian to Abbottabad, construction of small hydroelectricity in KP and Gilgit Baltistan also included in the recommendation.
It advised the government to decrease expenditures on non-development projects and it suggested bringing sales tax from 18 percent from 17 percent.
It is also recommended bringing prices of food items which included sugar, eggs, oil, ghee, meat, and pulses on moderate prices.
State minister for revenue Hammad Azhar said that the government will accept suggestions of the upper house with an open heart like past and it will be added in phases of the budget.
Federal Minister for parliamentary affairs said that the government gives importance to Senate like of National Assembly and opined that if we are representative of units then there should be a partnership in the finance bill.
The treasury woman member Senator Mahar Taj said that Imran Khan had not said in the election campaign that he will decrease prices of tomatoes instead he had said that he will end corruption from the country.
Senator Kulsoom Parveen said that given the economic conditions of the country we would have to be united and the country economy must be strengthened by joint efforts and united strategy should be formed for the improvement of the country.
The Senate session adjourned until indefinite period.