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Cigarettes worth Rs30m burnt; NAB’s help can eliminate misuse of authority

Cigarettes worth Rs30m burnt; NAB’s help can eliminate misuse of authority

PESHAWAR: The Intelligence and Inland Revenue Service of the Federal Board of Revenue Mardan set on fire the confiscated cigarettes worth Rs30million on Tuesday.

Director General Intelligence and Inland Revenue Service Mardan Shahid Mehmood, talking to Customs Today, expressed his views about how to curb the NDP goods.

There are a large number of Non-Duty-Paid items producing factories in the province which cause the national exchequer losses of billions every year.

A factory, established in one room, produces multinational brand and supplies it to the local market for earning millions damaging the genuine importer who is supposed to fulfill the market’s demand. Behind the production of NDP goods are politicians, DG Shahid Mehmood added.

DG Shahid Mehmood added that he will not allow the production of NDP goods at any cost. To a question about the connection of field officers with the high-ups of the department, he elaborated that field officers work for their own assignments and it merely happens that a high-up interferes in a case.

The DG Inland Revenue Service FBR Mardan further said we ought to work for encouraging public to pay income tax at their factories that could help to apply Sales Tax on the product produced. If a factory is even not registered then as to how can it increase the national reserves.

There should be zero tolerance policy towards factories which do not pay income tax and produce NDP products to harm provincial exchequer.

The DG Inland Revenue Service FBR Mardan was accompanied by Customs Inspector at Mardan Customs Station, officers of Inland Revenue Service and officials of FBR Mardan.

To another question about the misconduct of Investigation and Intelligence Wing of the FBR officers with importers, the DG said the DG I&I Wing should take note of the rising misuse of authority at Sukkur Customs Check-Post.

The DG said no effort be spared to get rid of black sheep from the department and if it is not workable then National Accountability Bureau’s help should be sought.