MOU signing ceremony between LCCI and SFA
Provincial Minister for Industries, Commerce & Investment Sheikh Alauddin has denounced the FBR raids on business premises and said that he would take up this issue with the higher authorities. He was speaking at the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Skills for All here at the LCCI on Monday. The LCCI President Abdul Basit, Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa, Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan, Chief Executive Skills for All Sikander Hameed Lodhi, Mahreen Syed, Tanvir Ahmed, Moazzam Rasheed, Ali Hassam Asghar, Tehmina Saeed Chaudhry, Syed Mukhtar Ali and Ashraf Bhatti also spoke on the occasion.
The Minister said that business community is backbone of the economy and it should be given due honor and respect. He said businessmen could contact him if FBR officials are misusing their discretionary powers or conducting undue raids at the business premises. He said that the government is committed to impart all possible facilities to business community as it is playing a major role in bringing the economic stability. He said that no country could achieve economic targets without due role of the business community therefore government is making all-out efforts to resolve their issues.
He said that said that Punjab government has set the target to generate 2 million skilled labour force by the year 2018 that would bring a revolution as industry would have highly skilled human resources. Provincial Minister said that Pakistan has great scope of human resources development as 65% population is youth and age of between 15 to 35 years.
The LCCI President Abdul Basit said lauded the gesture of the Provincial Minister and said that such support would lift the moral of the business community. He said that raids at business premises & markets and harassment measures by the staff of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) are not only adding to the miseries of the business community but are also promoting trust deficit between the government and the business community. He said that Sheikh Alauddin represents the largest province of the country and his support would definitely help resolve this issue at the earliest.
Moreover, the LCCI President said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry had always called for the promotion of human resources development. He said that the LCCI is taking practical steps in this regard and organizes training programs and workshops in collaboration with the government and private departments for its members.
The LCCI Senior Vice President Amjad Ali Jawa said that focus should be shifted from traditional to technical education as skill is future of the country. He said that policy should be formulated for the promotion of technical education and establishment of maximum numbers vocational training institutes in Punjab.
The LCCI Vice President Muhammad Nasir Hameed Khan said that government should immediately withdraw the draconian provisions and laws giving immense discretionary powers acquired through last four Finance Bills, to the officers of Inland Revenue and field formations which is a core issue and resulting in hardship, loss of productivity and mental torture to the business community. These laws have kept a large number of potential tax-payers out of the tax regime. In fact these laws are a deterrent to broadening of tax-base and resulted in promoting the culture of tax-evasion. They urged the government to implement their recommendations in true sense of word.
Sikander Hameed Lodhi said that Skills for All and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry would jointly tackle the challenge of skilled human resources shortage. He said that solution would be provided to the industry and the government. Mehreen Syed said that Skill for All would get feedback from the industrial sector to evolve strategy to develop skilled human resources.