Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has directed to launch an inquiry into the levy of increased Sales Tax ratio on small traders through electricity bills other than the agreed one.
Chairing a meeting in Lahore, he also immediately suspended the fixed Sales Tax collection through electricity bills and directed to evolve a new mechanism in this regard.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister specially asked for the inclusion of representatives of traders in consultation process prior to taking any decision for collection of taxes from small traders through the utility bills.
Shehbaz Sharif also expressed his government’s resolve to take all steps for economic protection of poor segments of the society.
He also directed the concerned authorities and ministries concerned to immediately devise an effective mechanism for slashing the electricity rates for the poor.
Source: Radio Pakistan