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People are facing problems due to federal govt:Mujtaba Shuja

Lahore:Provincial Minister for Excise and Taxation Mian Mujtaba Shuja ur Rehman has said that due to wrong policies of federal government, people are facing serious problems like unemployment and load-shedding. Business activities have been decreased and the people are facing price-hike due to inflation in the country, he added.
He expressed these views while addressing a ceremony held regarding collecting maximum revenue in Excise Department, here today. Parliamentary Secretary for Excise and Taxation Aajasam Sharif, Director General Excise Saeed Ahmad Nawaz as well as Directors and officials of Excise department were present on the occasion.
The Minister said that load-shedding has made life of the people miserable and business activities are also being affected badly. He said that there is more loadshedding in Punjab as compared to other provinces while more revenue is generated by Punjab province. He said that there is loadshedding of 14 to 20 hours in Lahore while period of loadshedding in small cities and towns is more than this. However, no reduction has been seen in the electricity bills, he added. He said that protest against loadshedding is basic right of the people and they cannot be deprived of this right. He said Punjab government has ensured that no ransacking should occur during protests.
He said that Excise Department has collected revenue of more than Rs. 13 billion which is two billion more than that collected during the same period of the last year. He said that revenue generation has improved due to distribution of honorarium by the department among the employees showing outstanding performance. He said that under this project, 154 circles out of total 487 circles of the province have been included in this scheme and after their best results, 60 more circles are being included in it which has increased its number to 214. He said that this number will be further increased in the coming years.

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