KPK Govt mulls smart cards for cars
The KPK government is looking to introduce smart cards for vehicles. This announcement came as the house approved further six demands worth Rs104 billion.
59 demands were included in the money bill for the fiscal year 2018-19 out of which out of which only 6 were approved.
Opposition members withdrew their cut motions after they were convinced by the ministers of the six departments concerned.
Criticism by the opposition:
Few departments were subject to criticism by the opposition:
- Khyber Pakhtunkhwa excise and taxation
- Home and tribal affairs
- Prison departments
Complains about excise and taxation officials:
Karak lawmaker affiliated with the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Malik Zafar Azam has complained about excise and taxation officials.
He said that these officials allegedly force the visitors to approach the department through unofficial ‘agents’.
“I was asked to come through the agents and you know what could be the intentions behind that request,”
asking who give such officers jobs in the anti-narcotics department and why.
“Excise department is among those two departments which are known for corruption,”
said Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker Inayatullah Khan.
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Parliamentary leader of PML-N, Sardar Aurangzeb noted that the excise department’s incompetency can be judged by the interest people show in having their vehicles registered in Islamabad.
“People trust Islamabad and not them (KP excise department). Licence plates (issuance) is delayed by six to eight months.”
Parliamentary leader of Awami National PartySardar Hussain Babak said that the department issues license plates on which the word “KPK” has been used
He urged the lawmakers to transfer the registration of their vehicles to KP. He said:
“It should either the KP or Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on the licence plates.”
Further, he said that lawmakers should start it with their own cars.
“I have a car with Lahore registration. I hereby declare that I will transfer its registration to KP within a month,” he added.
Revenue generating strategies:
The Law Minister Sultan Khan responded to the questions on the revenue generation strategies. He said that KP revenue authority had collected Rs10.5 billion last year. The authority had collected a further Rs2.5 billion in the first quarter of the current fiscal year.
Regarding the word KPK on license plates, Sultan agreed with his ANP colleague.
“I agree with Babak sahib that Khyber and Pakhtunkhwa are two words, not three and it should be clear to the departments. Its abbreviation is K-P, not KPK,”
TheLaw Minister said:
“We will do whatever is possible and will also amend the existing laws if needed.”