Govt urged to abolish property tax from City’s industrial estates
PESHAWAR: Industrialists Tuesday expressed concern over the collection of property tax from two industrial estates in Peshawar, which they termed as double taxation, which should be abolished immediately.
They urged the provincial government to review its decision regarding the fixation of minimum wage for industrial workers and revise it as per available resources and capacity in the province.
The industrialists also expressed concern over the whopping increase in ground rent in industrial estates by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zones Development and Management Company (KPEZD&MC), saying that the area was not used for commercial purposes rather for production activities, so the increase should be revised at an optimal level.
They raised these reservations in a meeting chaired by President Industrialists Association Peshawar (IAP) Malik Imran Ishaq during the visit of Special Advisor to Chief Minister on Industries, Abdul Karim Khan to the Industrial Estate Hayatabad Peshawar here.
CEO KPEZD&MC, Javed Khattak, IAP vice president Ghulam Mohiyuddin, SCCI vice president Junaid Altaf, former president FPCCI Ghazanfar Bilour, IAP executive members Malik Niaz Ahmad, Sajjad Zaheer, Chairman IAP Standing Committee on Legal Affairs, Riaz Arshad, Chairman IAP Standing Committee on Finance, Haris Mufti, CFP KPEZDMC Shahid, Estate Manager, Hayatabad Industrial Estate Peshawar, Sajid Nawaz Khattak, Secretary General IAP Wasiullah Khan and Deputy Secretary Musatiq Ahsan were present during the meeting.
The participants of the meeting said that the incentives announced by provincial government in the previous industrial policy 2016, should be given to industries, further demanding issuance of no-objection certificate (NOC) to Peshawar Development Authority through Pakistan Railways to allow construction of entrance roads to Hayatabad Industrial Estate adjacent opposite to Kharkhano Market Peshawar.
The industrialists condemned collection of heavy taxes by the town municipality despite having stickers and companies’ names on vehicles, calling it completely unjust and unfair, demanding an immediate end to the collection of such illegal taxes forthwith.
They stressed the need of maintaining old tubewells and the construction of new tubewells in industrial estates and existing tubewells should be converted to solar systems. They demanded the renewal lease of commercial plazas and payment of outstanding dues against different relevant government departments. Advisor to CM Abdul Karim while speaking on the occasion assured that the issue of property tax would be raised with the provincial excise and taxation department. – APP