Budget implications a major cause of concern for masses, businessmen

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ISLAMABAD:   Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt on Friday said consequences of the budget are unexpected for the masses and the business community.

The worried business community representing different important sector have started protests while many are planning to jump over the bandwagon, he said.

He noted that agricultural development through budget measures is a speculation, which is not supported by the evidence; therefore the most important sector will continue to face uncertainty.

In a statement issued here today, Shahid Rasheed Butt said that imposition of additional taxes on food items is unjustified, as it will fan poverty and disgruntlement among masses facing inflation.

He said that all the governments have admitted that agriculture is the cheapest way to eradicate poverty and ensure development but tall claims were always preferred over action.

Our agriculture development policies have always backfired while the policies in the neighboring countries have worked well beating our per acre yield with a wide margin, he said.

The veteran business leader noted that we are importing food items despite having four seasons and the best canal system in the world irrigating 4.1 million acres of land which is enough to feed fifty crore people.