SOP to be adopted to eliminate embezzlement in tax collection: Mukesh Kumar

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KARACHI: Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control (ET&NC) Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla has directed all directors for tax including Regional Directors of Hyderabad, Larkana, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur and Shaheed Benazirabad to adopt standard operating procedure “SOP” for the technical staff of ET&NC Department in order to minimise the chances of embezzlement in tax collection of all wings of Excise and Taxation Department across the province.

He issued these directives while presiding over a meeting in his office on Tuesday. ET&NC Secretary Abdul Haleem Shaikh, Director General Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui and other officers also attended the meeting.

Director General Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui briefed the meeting that on the directives of the Minister for ET&NC a high-level committee was going to be established to minimise the chances of the embezzlement in tax collection of all wings of Excise and Taxation Department. In the meeting, standard operating procedure for data feeding, correction, tax feeding etc in the computer bank of property tax, the role of the directors’ ET, assessing authorities and the subordinate staff was discussed in detail.

ET&NC Minister Mukesh Chawla added, ´It is our prime duty to collect due taxes timely and honestly because, without proper collection of the taxes, we can’t move in the right direction‘. He asked the Secretary and Director General of the Department to speed up the work in this regard and monitor the performance of the officers on regular basis.

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