Sindh Demands GST Collection Powers for Provinces

Staff Report

Karachi: Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has reiterated Sindh’s demand of delegating powers of sales tax collection to the provinces.

“I have been pressing the federal government to hand over the task of collecting Sales Tax to the provinces because the provincial governments were close to consumers. We will collect on your behalf and will return you,” he said and added this would increase revenue collection many times.

This he said late on Friday night while delivering his presidential address at Annual Dinner program of Karachi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) at Golf Club. He was accompanied by his cabinet members Saeed Ghani and Murtaza Wahab.

Murad said that owing to policies of federal government the production of industrial units has dropped, unemployment is increasing and unrest has developed in all the segment of the society including industrialists, government employees, businessmen, laborers, transporters and bankers. “You are considering every one as a thief and have taken away everything from people of this country,” he said.

“You [PTI leader} were claiming that there was an annual theft of $200 billion tax in Pakistan and  when you would come into power you would recover the stolen taxes and repay the loans. Now you have failed to even collect the regular taxes what to talk about recovery of stolen taxes,” he said.

The chief minister said that the politicians have always served this country through political vision and collective wisdom. “This is why the financial crisis has never cropped up so serious as has emerged this time, because there is lack political decisions and wisdom,” he said and added that in the history of Pakistan the revenue recoveries improve every successive year but this time went short than the previous year with the result that the provincial development portfolio was badly affected.”

Murad also lashed out at MQM leadership terming them people of `defeated minds’ who keep on signing a song that PPP government in Sindh had ignored Karachi.

He said the provincial government keeps giving around Rs15 billion to KMC for development and it was his government which paid power bills of KMC and Water Board, and added that he had given Rs550 million to KMC for cleaning of storm water drains but even then some people were accusing him of ignoring Karachi.

He said: “You [MQM] are coalition partners of the federal government and the prime minister had announced Rs165 billion-Package for the city. Where that package has gone?”


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