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NA approves all demands for grants for next financial year

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly (NA) has approved all the 147 demands for grants for the next financial year relating to different ministries, divisions and departments.

According to details, the House passed four demands for grants relating to the Ministry for Petroleum and Natural Resources on Wednesday.

The opposition withdrew their cut motions on these demands.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has moved before the House the Finance Bill, 2016 to give effect to the financial proposals of the federal government for the financial year beginning on the first day of July, 2016 and to amend certain laws.

Highlighting the significance of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, the opposition members said the government should give special emphasis to the development of Gwadar.

They said training programs should be launched for the youth of Gwadar so that they could fully take advantage of the opportunities to be generated by the deep sea port.

The opposition members said the finance bill, 2016 envisages no relief measures and demanded that salaries of government employees be enhanced by at least twenty percent.