KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday said that the provincial governments were very close to consumers, therefore they should have the rights to collect sales tax on goods.
Talking to CPNE delegation led by the body’s President Zia Shahid, the chief minister said that his government was working in close coordination with the federal government to finalise the NFC award.
“The stand of my government is very clear- just we want the provincial government should have the rights to collect sales tax on goods,” he said.
Giving an example of collection of sales tax on services, the chief minister said that ever since the Sindh government has been given the collection right the provincial government has made record collection.
“Just last year we have collected Rs61 billion and this year we have set a target of Rs78 billion,” he said and recalled that the federal government used to give hardly Rs8.6 billion to the Sindh government.
Talking about the powers of the mayor, Murad Ali Shah that the mayor and other local bodies have been given full municipal functions and their funding transfer system has also been streamlined