Senate suggested five recommendations on the Money Bill

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Senate on Tuesday suggested five recommendations on the Money Bill (Finance (Supplementary) Bill, 2021 to the National Assembly seeking amendments in its various clauses.
The recommendations were reported by the Senate Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs. Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee Senator Talha Mehmood presented the report of the committee. As per the report, the Senate opposed a budget proposal to publicly disclose the asset declarations filed by politically exposed persons, civil servants and their spouses, except the armed forces.
The Senate also recommended not to impose tax on “naan” and “bread”, including the one prepared in bakeries. The Upper House also recommended not to impose tax on yogurt, butter, Desi ghee and milk. The Senate also opposed the proposal of binding the corporate sector to make payments only through the digital mode on the plea that digital payments could not be enforced.
The Senate proposed to impose tax only on imported bicycles of over Rs25,000 against the government proposal to impose taxes on all imported bicycles. While presenting the report, Senator Talha Mehmood pointed out that the report was finalized during five consecutive meetings of the committee as the committee members read the Bill clause by clause and recommended the proposals unanimously.
The Chairman of the committee specially thanked for participating in the lengthy debate and process of the meetings, the members of the committee, and officials of various departments including Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Finance Division, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). He feared a new wave of inflation would come as a result of the supplementary finance bill.
Senator Mohsin Aziz who is also a member of the standing committee on finance said the committee read the bill clause by clause in all the five meetings. He lamented that during the committee proceedings, the atmosphere was friendly but here in the house, Senator Talha Mehmood was talking about something else only for political gains.
He said the opposition, who is criticizing the government’s programme with the IMF now, had already been part of the progarmme with the fund in the past. He said the committee unanimously rejected additional tax on milk and yogurt. He said new taxes on the pharma sector were totally refundable and adjustable and that this would not affect the prices of the medicines.