LAHORE: A delegation of the Federal Revenue Alliance Employees Union (FRAEU), led by its Lahore region President Naeem Abbas Shah, called on PML-N leader Hamza Shahbaz and presented him the workers’ charter of demands.
The delegation consisted of Wasim Sarwar Dar, Shehzad Butt, Malik Akram Khokhar, Ch Iftikhar, Malik Azhar and Ch Altaf Mehdi. The meeting discussed the issues being faced by the FBR Union.
On the occasion, the PML-N leader sought for details of the revenue leakage and names of officials responsible for causing losses to the nation exchequer. Hamza Shahbaz assured the Union members of taking up all their genuine issues with the FBR chairman to resolve them at the earliest. He also announced a visit to the RTO and pledged to work with the Union against revenue leakage particularly in the Lahore RTO.
During the meeting, the delegation head briefed Hamza Shahbaz about the measures to enhance revenue generation, besides broadening of tax base. Naeem Abbas proposed several steps for broadening tax net by bringing in new taxpayers instead of raising burden on the existing taxpayers.
The union leader pointed out the names of high officials who were responsible for the corruption, protecting the tax evading companies.
Workers’ promotions were stopped a long time ago as the regional heads have no power in this regard. The union demanded that these powers should be delegated to chief commissioners of Inland Revenue. He stated that several high officials of the FBR had acknowledged demands f the workers but are not ready to meet them.