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Balochistan collects a paltry Rs6b in revenue

QUETTA:

Against a set target of Rs103 billion revenue collection this fiscal year for Balochistan province, so far only Rs6 billion have been collected.
This was revealed by secretary finance during a meeting held here Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Chief Secretary Balochistan Motahar Niaz Rana.
Chief Secretary directed the secretaries and other officers to intensify their efforts to achieve the revenue collection target.
He was addressing the meeting of secretaries committee in which the financial situation of the province, performance of departments, difficulties faced in revenue collection and other related issues were discussed.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Finance Abdul Rehman Buzdar, Special Secretary Finance Lal Jan Jaffer, Secretary Livestock Tayyab Lehri, Special Secretary Mines Dr Pervez and Director Generals of other departments and other officials.
The meeting reviewed in detail the revenue targets given to Mines, Agriculture, Livestock, Excise and Taxation, Fisheries, Board of Revenue and other departments.
Addressing the meeting, the chief secretary said that all the institutions should further improve their performance so that the target of maximum revenue collection could be achieved. He said that all government officials and their employees should perform their duties with one spirit and determination so that the province could prosper and the people get the relief they deserve.
He said that the government believes in serving the people and using all available resources for this. He said that the welfare of the people is our duty and the provincial government would not compromise on the welfare of the people of the province.
Giving a detailed briefing, secretary finance has said that the target of Rs103 billion has been set while so far only Rs6 billion has been collected and this target has to be achieved before the end of the financial year and all the institutions should further improve their performance.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 29th, 2021.

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