Sindh CM directs revenue, tax collection depts to achieve targets

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah directed the revenue and tax collection departments to pay full attention to the targets fixed by the government so that no financial problems arise.He was presiding over a high-level meeting to review the collection of revenue and various taxes in the Sindh province at the Chief Minister’s House here on Monday.Shah said more incentives and rewards would be given to the officials who work with sincerity. He took serious notice of some of the sub-registrars of Revenue Department who had not achieved the targets of revenue collection and directed that negligent, careless and corrupt officials to be transferred and punished departmentally.He said vacant posts in the revenue department were filled under prescribed recruitment rules and recruitment policy under transparent manners. With regard to the reports of corruption by some of the Tapedars and Mukhtiarkars, the Sindh CM directed the concerned authorities to ensure thorough vigilance of such activities.

He appreciated the overall performance of the Sindh Revenue and Excise and Taxation Departments and termed it fine. He hoped that the targets fixed by the government will be completed before June 2011.The meeting also discussed various issues pertaining to the generation of funds through some taxes, and directed the Sindh chief secretary to hold a meeting of relevant departments to prepare some proposals before the new budget.Earlier, Sindh Revenue Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Sindh Excise and Taxation Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, Sindh Finance Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, Board of Revenue Sindh Senior Member Ghulam Ali Shah Pasha, Board of Revenue Member Asadullah Dharejo and Excise and Taxation Secretary Manzoor Memon presented reports pertaining to the revenue and taxes collection.Meeting was informed that during the year 2010-11, up to February 2011, as against a target of Rs 900 million for registration of properties, an amount of Rs 470.776 million was realised while as far as the stamp duty is concerned, Rs 980.000 million have been realised as against the target of Rs 6.5 billion.

The meeting was informed that due to the economy crisis in country, particularly in the field of Real Estate number of property transaction have fallen, as such over-all recovery positions of stamp duty has been badly affected while the stamp duty has also been reduced.Various recommendations were also proposed with regard to stamp duty for general power of attorney in favour of legal heirs and purchase orders etc.With regard to Excise and Taxation Department, which has been entrusted with the functions of tax collection and narcotics suppression, it was informed that the total target for various taxes for the year 2011 was fixed at Rs 20,138.3 million, and an amount of Rs 12,585.542 million as proportionate target up to the month of February 2011.As per details, Rs 1902.778 million were collected against motor vehicle tax, Rs 1760.732 million against excise enactment, Rs 8422.799 for infrastructure cess; Rs 146.621 million for cotton fee, Rs 167.563 for professional tax and Rs 85.049 million for hotel tax.The meeting was also attended by the Sindh Chief Secretary Abdul Subhan Memon, Secretary to CM Sindh Alamuddin Bullo as well as officers of the concerned departments. – Dailytimes