Lahore, November 21, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday appealed to the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to stop Intelligence Units of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) from conducting raids at Paint Manufacturing Units as are creating unrest and harassment among the business community. The LCCI Acting President Mian Tariq Misbah and Vice President Kashif were talking to a 50-member large delegation of paint manufacturers here at the LCCI.
The LCCI office-bearers said that it was very unfortunate that despite clear direction of the Federal Finance Minister and Chief Minister Punjab, the bureaucracy is creating an atmosphere of harassment for the businessmen people who are backbone of the economy. They said that the manufacturing sector was already passing through very critical times due to unavailability of needed electricity and gas and in dire need of handholding by the government to run their businesses.
The LCCI office-bearers said that it came into their notice that the officials of the FBR Intelligence Units were not only hurling arrest threats on the owners of paint manufacturing units but also confiscating record of these units. They said that the private sector was ready to supplement all government efforts aimed at revival of economic activities in the country if they are provided breathing space but in the presence of such anti business tactics, it would be very difficult for the private sector to continue with their businesses.
They said that the Federal Finance Minister should take stock of the whole situation and stop the FBR officials from entering into the business premises. They said that if there is an urgent need to take action against any particular industrial unit, the FBR officials should be directed to take concerned association or the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry on board.
The LCCI office-bearers said that their various meetings with the Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, it was agreed that no raids would be conducted on manufacturing units rather notices would be served before taking any punitive action but it seemed that the bureaucracy has its own agenda and has nothing to do with the reputation of the government.
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Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
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