KMC raises pure food license feeAugust 10, 2014
KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has approved the increase in the rates of pure food license fee under the Pure Food Ordinance 1960 section 37 and pure food rules 1965.
KMC expects to earn a sum of Rs 719550000 annually as pure food license fee from an expected 276,516 units including the whole sellers, retailers of food items, hotels, restaurants, eating houses, coffee shops, tea shops, marriage lawns, manufacturers of various food items like milk powder, condensed milk, canned foods, juices, drinks, beverages, flour mills, rice mills, grocery stores, sweet shops, bakeries and other such businesses in the city.
According to details KMC Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui had directed the revenue generating departments to take the measures for enhancement in the revenue collection so that the KMC revenue could increase.
The food and quality control department had in its review of the food license fee noted that no increase in this fee was made since last 40 years and only Rs10 was charged as annual food license fee from five star hotels.
It had been difficult for the department to maintain the quality control on food items being sold in the city and therefore the department had after much deliberation and holding of many meetings submitted the increase in the rates of food license fee.
Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has directed the department to ensure maximum recovery of the license fee by taking all possible measures in this connection.
The food and quality control department of KMC had recommended the enforcement of pure food license fee on the above food manufacturers and sellers under which a sum of Rs10000 was recommended as annual license fee for whole sell dealers of food items in category A whereas in category B the three, four and five star hotels would be charged Rs 50000, 75000 and 100000 respectively as license fee. The license fee for other food items sellers and manufacturers ranges from Rs 5000 to 25000 per year.