LAHORE: Provincial Minister for Finance and Excise & Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman said that the Punjab government is providing modern facilities to citizens for depositing tax.
While inaugurating online recovery of token tax of vehicles and SMS service at the office of Excise Department, he said that owners of the vehicles through new facility would receive the details of token tax and other dues of their vehicles through SMS, adding that when any person would send SMS of his vehicle’s registration number on 8070, he would receive automatically SMS of the deposited amount with all details of deposited dues.
Secretary Excise Shahid Ashraf Tarar, Chairman PITB Dr. Umer Saif, Director Excise Masood ul Haq, Akram Gondal and other officers were present on the occasion.
Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman informed that the Excise Department is also launching Android-based Application with the collaboration of Punjab Information Technology Board which will be made functional from the first week of September under which Android-based mobile phones would be provided to the Excise Inspectors who will collect the amount from the owners of the vehicles on the spot. He said that these Inspectors would also be provided small handy printers to give receipt of received amount, carrying the name of the Inspector along with complete details of the amount. This amount will be updated in the database simultaneously due to which the motor owners will be saved from visiting offices of the department. He said that this service will be provided throughout Punjab under a phased programme.
The minister said that Punjab government as per vision of the Chief Minister Punjab is providing modern facilities to citizens for depositing tax. He said that after computerization of all motor branches and web based tax calculator, now the verification of amounts deposited through SMS is being started. He said that sometimes agents used to deceive the employees or any authorised person of motor owners during depositing of tax, fee and other dues but now such complaints would be redressed. He said that 24 hours after the registration of any vehicle, the owner will send SMS of his motor registration number on 8070 and he will receive alert SMS of his deposited amount immediately.