PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has okayed merger of excise and taxation department with the provincial revenue authority to boost revenues.
To enhance the performance of the department and to generate more revenues, he principally agreed to merge it with the K-P Revenue Authority.
During the meeting, Mahmood was briefed about the performance of the Excise and Taxation Department, especially tax recovery, licence fees, new laws, punishment, and responsibilities of the Excise Department after the 18th Amendment.
The meeting was also told that the anti-narcotics department will be looked after by the excise department.
Moreover, the excise department was planning on introducing a smart card system which will replace the old registration book system for vehicles registered in the province to not only make the entire process computerized but to make the information and records easier to access.
Mahmood emphasised handing out strict punishments under the Narcotics Control Act to those involved in dealing with crystal methamphetamine – also known as ice, and other narcotics.
He said the provincial government is taking solid steps to improve the performance of government departments in the province.