Pun­jab bud­get 2016-17 to bring far-reach­ing re­sults: Aye­sha

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - SALIM AHMED

LA­HORE—Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ter for Fi­nance Dr. Aye­sha Ghaus Pasha has said that Pun­jab bud­get will be of far-reach­ing re­sults. She said that bur­den on com­mon man will be min­i­mized and lux­ury ser­vices will be fo­cused for in­creas­ing tax net.

Due bur­den will be put on small traders while for­mula of re­cov­ery of prop­erty tax will be evolved while keep­ing in view the prob­lems of mid­dle­class, she added. Re­forms in tax pol­icy will re­sult in in­creas­ing re-sources and grad­u­ally re­duc­ing tax rate, she added. She ex­pressed these views dur­ing meet­ing with a del­e­ga­tion of DFID at Head Of­fice of Pun­jab Rev­enue Author­ity.

The Min­is­ter said that au­to­ma­tion in the sys­tem of reg­is­tra­tion and re­cov­er­ies will play an im­por­tant role with re­gard to fa­cil­i­ties in the busi­ness which will in­crease the con­fi­dence of pri­vate sec­tor in pub­lic sec­tor be­sides cre­ate en­vi­ron­ment of mu­tual coop- er­a­tion. She thanked the del­e­ga­tion on con­sul­ta­tion of DFID in tax re­forms and fi­nan­cial af­fairs. Mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion in­cluded Sec­re­tary of Se­nate for In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Ms. Justin Green­ing, Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner Thomas Drew, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Fi­nance and Cor­po­rate Per-for­mance Joy Huchan who were re­ceived by Chief Sec­re­tary Pun­jab Capt. (R) Zahid Saeed, Sec­re­tary Fi­nance Shaukat Ali, Chair­man Pun­jab Rev­enue Author­ity Ra­heel Ahmed Sid­diqui and se­nior mem­bers of PRA.

Vis­it­ing Sec­re­tary State, who is also part of cab­i­net of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron, con­grat­u­lated Pun­jab Rev­enue Author­ity on at­tain­ing the honor of first pro­vin­cial agency col­lect­ing max­i­mum tax. Justin Green­ing termed Restau­rant De­vice Mon­i­tor­ing Sys­tem of the author­ity and Amanat scheme as best method of pub­lic move­ment. The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the del­e­ga­tion as­sured the Min­is­ter of full co­op­er­a­tion in fu­ture as well.

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