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PCA recovers Rs70m despite shortage of staff: ADC Imran Chaudhary

PCA recovers Rs70m despite shortage of staff: ADC Imran Chaudhary

ISLAMABAD: Directorate of Post Clearance Audit Additional Collector Imran Chaudhary said that importers are not willing for audit and the PCA does not have enough working strength to perform effectively.

These views were expressed by Additional Director Imran Chaudhary during exclusive interview with Customs Today.

He said that with minimum facilities and shortage of staff, the PCA recovered Rs70 million from M/s Tetra Packages. He informed that PCA is also suffering from shortage of funds to improve the performance of the department, adding that if the government provides an adequate amount of funds to PCA it can easily recover considerable amount of revenue.

Talking about working of PCA, he said that there are 18,000 Goods Declarations (GDs) which shows that it is impossible to examine all the GDs with current available strength of the department. He said that currently there are only 18 to 20 auditors.

Chaudhery showed dissatisfaction regarding prevailing work environment in PCA, adding that that shortage of staff in the department is a big hurdle being faced throughout the country.

The PCA must be provided sufficient staff including auditors to properly check the GDs filed by importers randomly, he said and added that PCA also needed law offices to observe the activity according to law. The PCA already informed the Federal Board of Revenue about all the relevant issues being faced by the PCA.

He said that Risk Management Software (RMS) is essential for checking cases like mis-declaration and tax evasions because it is difficult to access all the GDs manually.