ET Dept struggling to meet tax target

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The Excise and Taxation Department Gujranwala has so far collected merely 50 percent of its target collection in first 10 months of the fiscal year and the officers are trying to fill the gap in last two months for which 22 teams have already been established to screw the tax evaders. As per details, the Punjab government had fixed a target of Rs 300 million property tax and Rs 200.78 million motor tax for the department which collected only Rs 130 million from property tax and Rs 126.6 million from motor tax. The department has now started seizing properties of the tax evaders and also getting FIRs lodged against habitual tax evaders and outlaws.
CRACKDOWN AGAINST PRICE HIKERS: A crackdown has been started in Gujranwala against price hikers and illegal stockiest following the direction of Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif while district coordination officers (DCOs) of all six districts will be responsible to monitor the crackdown on daily basis. It was decided in a meeting chaired by Gujranwala Division Commissioner Saeed Wahla and attended by officers from the district. The commissioner directed the officers to check price hikes and adulteration of edibles and take stern action against low-weight products and petroleum items. The commissioner told the DCOs that they were responsible for chalking out mechanism regarding price control and adulteration in their respective districts so that big fish could be brought to book.
XEN’S TRANSFER DEMANDED: Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) President Sheikh Sarwat Ikram has criticised the rude behavior of XEN-3 of Gujranwala Electric Power Company (GEPCO) and demanded its Chief Executive Muhammad Ibrahim Majoka transfer the incompetent officer. Ikram said GCCI members complained against XEN-3 for his misbehavior on a number of occasions and demanded his transfer.
ATM INAUGURATED: Gujranwala district and sessions judge inaugurated an automated teller machine (ATM) in the premises of the Sessions Court Complex the other day. He was accompanied by District Bar Association President Zaighum Ullah Sansi and other judicial officers.