CM orders to prepare a draft for amendment in law to streamline the Agriculture tax with consultation with grower organizations

Sameer Nazir
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah has formed a committee headed by Sindh Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Dr. Sikandar Mendhro to prepare a draft for amendment in the law to streamline the Agriculture tax with the consultation of grower organizations and other stake holders and directed committee to submit the proposed draft in the Sindh Assembly.
The Chief Minister Sindh ruled out the impression that Agriculture is not being charged with Income Tax and said that there were many taxes including Agriculture income Tax which were already imposed and charged but not being projected in the media. This he observed while presiding over meeting regarding income tax on Agriculture held at CM House Karachi today.
The Chief Minister was of the view that Agriculture sector is being taxed with Sindh Law tax, Agriculture income tax, water tax, drainage tax, local cess tax and other indirect taxes on their inputs but neither same are being projected in media nor being in streamlined or rationalized or revised to avoid anomalies. Besides, the revenue officers had not played their due role in this regard.
The Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah asked the Sindh minister Dr. Sikandar Mendhro to identify the lacuna in the law and prepare flawless formula draft paper on Agriculture income tax that to ensure equal privilege of taxable slab, concessions, remission and other facilities which are being provided to industrialist’s and trades.
He said that Agriculture is important sector and the Sindh is agro based province, its whole economy and livelihood of more than 80% people depend upon the Agriculture. He said that Sindh Govt was deeply interested to encourage Agriculture sector, by providing more facilities, modern cultivation methodologies and Agricultural implements to the growers and added that this would also to benefit Govt, industrialists and traders.
The Chief Minister asked Dr. Sikandar Mendhro to prepare draft for judicious amendments in the law or for new act with the consultation of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture, Sindh Abadgar Board, Revenue / Finance experts and opinion leaders amicably that to be workable. He asked the Chief Secretary and authorities of Board of Revenue to activate their revenue staff for proper collection of the agricultural taxes.
The Sindh Minister for Parliamentary affairs Sikandar Menhdro while briefing the meeting said that he had conducted the meeting with the representatives of grower’s organizations and gone through the law and mechanism for Agriculture tax but found many flaws in the system.
He said that though taxable slab for charging Agriculture income tax has been revised in the province of Punjab and it has been raised from Rs 80,000 to 4, 00,000 but in Sindh still it is Rs 80,000 which is unjustified similarly many other anomalies are in the system which are supposed to be streamlined.
He said that he has collected the proposals from stake holders and he was working and finally to submit proposed draft in the Sindh Assembly.

Sameer Nazir
The Chief Minister Sindh has asked the authorities of livestock and fisheries department to prepare a workable roadmap for investment and exploitation of their resources for the betterment of the breeders. This he directed while presiding over a meeting regarding programme for encouraging foreign investment in live stock, Dairy, Fisheries and Poultry in Sindh at CM House Karachi today.
The Sindh Minister for Livestock Jam khan Shoro, The Chief Secretary Sindh Sajjad Saleem Hotiyana, Principal Secretary to CM Allumddin Bullo, Secretary Livestock Zafar Iqbal Shaikh, Dr. I.H Kathio veterinary consultant form USA and other officers attended the meeting.
The Chief Minister Sindh said that Sindh was rich with the livestock, poultry and fisheries resources and it has good but lucrative potential of foreign investment. He said that PPP Govt is deeply interested to increase the income and employment opportunities for the people specially by exploiting the resources available with them.
He said that PPP Govt recently has established veterinary university at Sakrand and expending research and learning facilities at other sister institutions. He said that Sindh Govt was investing huge amount on the development of Bhambhor Dairy Development Project to pave the way for the investment and creating income and employment opportunities for the local people and also catter the needs especially of Karachi City.
He said that Sindh has 4 cror live stock populations which can be exploited for the development of the province. The Chief Minister asked the livestock and fisheries authorities to sit together with USA consultant and prepare a workable roadmap for increasing investment to improve and enhance the meat, milk and other livestock and fisheries related productions.
He also asked officers of the department and USA consultants to find out the effective way to save the peacock at Thar. The Sindh Minister for the Livestock Mr. Jam Khan Shoro said that he was already working on various projects to encourage the breeders.
He said that his department has planned to establish eight chiller plants on solar energy in the Sindh and also in consultation with foreign organization and inviting them for investment.


Sameer Nazir
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