ISLAMABAD: The chairman of the Senate status Committee on States and Frontier regions (SAFRON) stated on Wednesday that the Federal Board of revenue (FBR) chairman turned into a chartered accountant and unaware of constitutional matters.

Chairing a meeting of the committee, Senator Taj Muhammad Afridi referred to that the residents of erstwhile tribal districts have been exempted from paying taxes for five years following their merger with Khyber-Pakthunkhwa (ok-P).

Senator Shammim Afridi regretted that the matter of tax exemption for the tribal districts continue to be unresolved in spite of the passage of a year for the reason that merger.

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Tribal energy deliver enterprise (Tesco) leader executive Officer Mian Muhammad Hamid informed the committee that the energy utility was paying Rs4 billion to the FBR in tax.

He added that Tesco had now not acquired any orders in writing for tax exemption however the organization became nonetheless offering alleviation to clients.

“Tesco won’t be capable of keep this if the FBR maintains on amassing tax from the business enterprise.”

The committee asked a consultant of the FBR about the tax exemption on imports and strength. The FBR professional replied that there were a few procedural delays on a part of their workplace because of the adjustments in management.

He delivered that the finances documentation changed into in method and an meantime order could be launched to offer alleviation on imports, but, tax on electricity was nonetheless being gathered.

The committee summoned the FBR chairman, the finance secretary and water and energy officers to its subsequent meeting for a briefing on the problem.

It appreciated the position of the Tesco control in ensuring the supply of eight hours of energy to the tribal districts in particular at Sehr and Iftar timings during the holy month of Ramazan.

SAFRON Secretary Muhammad Aslam informed the committee that an amount of Rs10 billion were launched to the tribal districts beforehand of the national Finance commission (NFC) Award on the special directives of the prime Minister’s office.

basic, he said, an amount of Rs41.7 billion have been released to the tribal districts consisting of finances for the salaries of Khasadar and Levies forces.

“From the next monetary yr, SAFRON will no longer play a position in monetary matters as the okay-P government will get hold of budget in its account from the federal government,” he delivered.

ok-P making plans and development department chief Economist Zaheerud Din gave an in depth briefing on the allocation of budget for the yearly development application (ADP) 2018-19.

He stated 70% of the quantity turned into allotted for ongoing initiatives and 30% for brand new ones.

The committee directed the planning and development branch to provide a detailed briefing on the continuing initiatives within the next meeting.

The committee determined that ongoing tasks ought to be finished at the earliest so that the authorities should consciousness on the upcoming schemes.

Committee individuals Hidayat Ullah and Najma Hameed also participated in the assembly. Senator Khanzada Khan attended the assembly on special invitation.