Shadow budget: MQM calls for Rs15,000 minimum wage

The Rs4 trillion budget aims to tackle unemployment, inflation, poverty and power crisis across Pakistan.


Rabia Ali June 11, 2013
The Rs4 trillion budget aims to tackle unemployment, inflation, poverty and power crisis across Pakistan. DESIGN-FAIZAN DAWOOD/FILE

KARACHI: Announcing its shadow budget just a day before the actual budget is to be presented, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) said minimum wage should be Rs15,000.

The party called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to adopt this shadow budget.

The Rs4 trillion budget aims to tackle unemployment, inflation, poverty and power crisis across Pakistan.

MQM claimed that if the budget is implemented as it is, all the problems it targets will end.

The shadow budget which puts the total deficit to only Rs725 billion – much lesser than the actual deficit for last year Rs1,303 billion – calls for tax collection from feudals, agriculturists and industrialists.

The party leaders said the salaried-citizens pay more taxes than the resource-owning elite of the country.

MQM’s budget also called for increase in the salary and pension of government employees by 15%.

The shadow budget stated that petroleum levy should be abolished and sales tax should be reduced to 10% from current 16%.

In total, the party’s budget proposed Rs250 billion for water, energy and higher education.

COMMENTS (64)

Akbar | 8 years ago | Reply

Well done, MQM!

mrs ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply

ET pls print my reply @Sahar Khan: yah sure sanity may prevail and people of Pakistan shed their bias ad prejudice sorry sahar khan no logic no factual argument in your comment , it is no crying it is real facts which i have brought forward , can u deny giving shadow budget is some some very modern dynamic , actually there is a culture of hardwork in MQM which coming down from our forefathers rmember students of Aigarh uni.were most organised mulim league workers who she blood and sweat for creation of Pakistan , you have no answer of family politics abhored in MQM , meritocracy is the norm at MQM , we just ask remove qouta system in sindh or otherwse apply in the whole of pakistan you acuse we dont think beyond karachi how wrong you are , we are subjected to qouta system we are alienated so systematically , come on start speaking against this grave injustice . We wre denied local body election, onlly if people in islamabad understand that let karachi be administered under directly elected mayor as all mega cities are done , like london like newyork ,it will see a turn around , MQM wil give more dynamic more efficient more hardworking mayor this time , be brave give a chance to merit this time .

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