KARACHI: Secretary Excise and Taxation (E&T) Department, Government of Sindh, Abdul Majeed Pathan, said on Monday that government of Sindh was working on a plan to introduce secure vehicle registration plates with inbuilt security features which would be digitally scanned through cameras at various toll plazas.
Speaking at a meeting during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), he said that these secure vehicle registration plates would prevent tampering of number plates of stolen vehicles and enhance security checks of vehicles.
President KCCI, Abdullah Zaki, Vice President KCCI, Muhammad Idrees, Chairman Provincial/ Local Taxes and Allied Matter Sub-Committee KCCI, Shahzada Nasir Maqbool, Chairman Taxation Sub-Committee KCCI, Hassan Sheikh Vohra and other Managing Committee members were also present at the meeting.
Secretary Excise & Taxation further informed that the department was preparing to launch new number plates in next fiscal year after awarding a contract to an international company for manufacturing the plates. “These new plates will be fixed to the body of the vehicles and can therefore not be stolen,” he added.
Commenting on concerns raised by KCCI members over collection of professional tax by multiple authorities including KMC, Excise department and Cantonments, he said that excise and taxation department has already taken up this matter with all the authorities and it has been decided that professional tax would either be collected by the Excise & Taxation Department or by cantonments.
In response to KCCI’s demand to waive off 0.85 percent cess being charged at Karachi Airport only whereas other airports of the country are exempted from this duty, Abdul Majeed Pathan assured that this issue would certainly be considered.
He said that excise and taxation department was making efforts to facilitate the business community by focusing more on technology. In this regard, the department plans to introduce online facility for registration of vehicles and payment of various provincial taxes via credit card whereas the number of existing NBP branches authorized to collect provincial taxes will also be enhanced.
Earlier, President KCCI Abdullah Zaki, while suggesting various proposals for Provincial Budget 2014-15, advised Sindh government to withdraw 10 percent General Sales Tax (GST) on security services provided by private security agencies.
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