Peshawar: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf Imran khan advised the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to tax NATO supply impose strict financial discipline and explore revenue generation avenues. This province has a lot of potentials that should be explored and exploited for the benefit of people.
This he stated in a briefing by the additional chief secretary finance given to chief minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Peshawar on Tuesday.
Provincial ministers, chief secretary and others attended the briefing. He said that for good governance and efficient services in all social sectors, it is imperative to tax the untaxed avenues.
He said that financial health of the province is poor and so is the economic situation therefore, the provincial government should take steps for the revenue generation so that the province could stand on its own feet.
He said that the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was faced to the multifaceted challenges and these challenges could be tackled through a matching will and response adding that the local government system to be introduce in the province would lead to the empowerment of people at grass root level as the village councils would get development
budget and they could spend it through their own drawn up priorities.
The local government system depend on a strong and sound local taxation system therefore, the need is to expand the areas of taxation which is a practice in vogue all over the world where they collect their taxes through an efficient system and spend them on the public welfare. The provincial government should have an efficient mechanism for a devolved taxation system which will automatically enhance revenue.
Under the devolution plan all districts would get their due share in the development process and the surplus employees of the over staffed departments would be transferred to the local government system.
Imran was of the view that the NATO supply and other tax collection avenues should be supervised and strictly monitored that will indicate how much improvement the system has and how much revenue the system can generate.
The NATO supply is damaging the road communication infrastructure in the province and taxing it would generate resources which could be spent on the rehabilitation of road communication.
Mr. Imran said that the province has the potential to cut down its deficits. Its leadership should stand for the rights of the province and focus on resource generation. There are all the reasons that the province would overcome all the challenges.