This year’s budget has stirred up criticism and support in Pakistani entertainment circles. Sangeeta has said that she will strike against the latest budget and will only wait till August 15 to formally protest against the government.
Mustafa Qureshi, however, is on the government’s side. He thinks all the criticism is a controversy to further damage the entertainment industry of Pakistan.
Celebrities shared mixed opinions about this year’s budget. While some consider it to be better than past budgets, others believe cultural sectors have been neglected.
It is unfortunate that there is no share for the film industry in the new provincial budget despite the fact that in this time of crisis, the Pakistani film industry is looking forward to the government’s support and attention.
Other than allocating a sufficient budget for the improvement of various sectors, the government has also introduced new policies.
However, like the federal government, the provincial government has failed to do anything constructive for the people belonging to cultural sectors.
The film industry should be encouraged to reflect Pakistan’s art since it is the only industry that can promote other cultures and traditions of our country.
Prices have already been hiked up so much that daily commodities have become unaffordable. The area of culture has been neglected during the budget’s formulation.
People are disappointed that the budget failed to take steps for the improvement of art and culture … government representatives had assured us that they would provide for us in the latest budget but nothing happened.
Considering Punjab’s resources, the current budget is reasonable in every sense.
The provincial government has put in extra efforts to relieve people through this budget. It will definitely benefit them.
Every time the budget is announced, it tends to increase the miseries of the people.
The problems of people in Pakistan are out of the government’s control.
Published in the Express Tribune, June 16th, 2010.
Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.
For more information, please see our Comments FAQ