Minister of State for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar responding to a calling attention notice said prices of only those medicines had been raised by 8 per cent whose raw materials’ prices witnessed an upsurge in recent times.
She said the companies had applied to increase the prices of 612 medicines but the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan approved increase in prices of only 177 medicines.
Meanwhile, the chair admitted for discussion an adjournment motion regarding re-verification of the CNICs of the entire population. The motion was moved by Muhammad Usman Khan Kakar and others.
The chair said that discussion on the motion will be held on Thursday.
Later, the House resumed discussion on the Finance Bill, 2016-17.
Taking part in the debate, Usman Khan Kakar said all the federating units should be treated equally in terms of economic development.
He said the new budget envisages no measures to address the problems faced by poor and disadvantaged segments of the society.
Saeed Ghani said that development schemes of smaller provinces should be incorporated in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) to remove their sense of deprivation. He said that concrete steps are required to revive the agriculture sector which is the backbone of our economy.
Muhammad Zafarullah Khan Dhandla said the government has announced a farmer-friendly budget. He said reduction in the prices of fertilisers and increase in agri-loans will help bring improvement in the lives of farmers.
He also appreciated the government for enhancing the budget of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) from Rs 40 billion to Rs 115 billion in a span of three years.
Shahi Syed said a proper mechanism should be evolved to check corruption in the country.
Dr Jahanzeb Jamaldini said that new water reservoirs should be built to meet the issue of water shortage as well as power outages.
Sirajul Haq said budget 2016-17 is neither welfare nor development oriented.
He said farmers’ packaged announced in the budget will not benefit the growers but the landlords.
He said the government should allocate more resources for the promotion of health and education sectors.