CM DIRECTS DEPT TO PROCURE LATTEST CHECKING GADGETS
Excise dept in the first quarter recovers Rs11.2bn against a target of Rs41.7bn
KARACHI (Nov 5): The Sindh Excise & Taxation Department against a Rs41.7 billion target has recovered Rs11.2 billion during first quarter, July to September 2015, which shows 27 percent recovery. This was disclosed in a presentation the Excise & taxation department gave to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in a meeting here at the CM House today. The meeting was attended by Senior Minister for Finance & Energy Syed Murad Ali Shah, Excise & Taxation Minister Gianchand Israni, Chief Secretary Siddique Memon, Additional Chief Secretary (Dev) Aijaz ali Khan, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Excise , DG Excise & Taxation Shabir Shaikh and other senior officers.
Minister Excise & Taxation Gianchand briefing the chief minister said that the Excise, Taxation & Narcotics department is the main revenue/ tax collecting agency of the government which plays a paramount role in resource mobilization.
He said that his department levies and collects seven different taxes such as Infrastructure Cess, Motor Vehicle Tax (MVT), Excise Duty, Tax on Professions, Trades, Calling & Employment (TPTC&P), Cotton Fee, Property Tax and Entertainment Duty.
Giving details of yearly targets and quarterly recoveries, Mr Gianchand said that the department has recovered Rs1.2 billion Motor Vehicle Tax against a target of Rs5.5 billion, The Excise Enactment recovery stands at Rs786 million against the target of Rs4.8 billion, Infrastructure Cess recovery is Rs7.2 billion against Rs28 billion target. Cotton recovery is Rs35.7 million against a Rs500 million target; Professional Tax recovery is Rs133.9 million against a Rs410 million, Property tax recovery y is Rs784.8 million against a target of Rs.2.44 billion and Entertainment Duty recovery stands at Rs13.4 million against a target of Rs100 million.
Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah said that the target and recovery of property tax are not so much encouraging, otherwise the recoveries of the Excise & taxation Department are quite good. “There is vast potential to enhance the recoveries of property tax. “It must be computerized right from assessment to recovery,” he said and directed the department to conduct a fresh survey of property units because the last survey was conducted in 2001. According to law the department has to conduct a fresh survey after every five years.
Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput quoting his study said that only in Banglorre Rs40 billion are recovered against property tax. “As a matter of fact, Karachi has more than double population than Banglore, so we can enhance property tax recovery,” he said.
DG Excise & Taxation Shabir Shaikh said that from January to this month the Excise department has recovered 7000 kg of charas, 9 kg opium, 4125 kg bhang and 96 bottles of foreign liquor. “We have registered 57 cases and arrested 63 persons,” he said.
He said that they have also recovered four suicide jackets, four detonators, four suicide jackets remote control sets, three rocket launchers, 12 rocket tube, one rocket of 107 mm, four hand grenades, 108 magazines, 3550 bullets, 1260 Kalashnikov.
The Minister Excise & Taxation said that there are eight check posts of the excise department at different locations of National and Indus highways.
The chief minister directed the excise department to purchase latest detecting gadgets for checking on the highways. “You have to take the benefit of latest technology for maximum checking in minimum time, otherwise traffic jams and unnecessary delays cause problems for the travelers,” he urged.
The chief minister also directed the chief secretary to personally monitor the court cases of the excise department. “The case against Infrastructure Cess is going on from the last many years. This must be followed actively,” he directed.