The second meeting of Senate’s special committee with the mandate to ascertain reasons for decline in tax collection from the tobacco sector is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Parliament house.
Officials of Federal Board of Revenue will submit details of taxes collected by all cigarette manufacturers along with names of owners of all cigarette manufacturing units, factories details, actions against illicit cigarette trade etc.
Officials of anti-tobacco organizations have raised serious concerns over a committee member, Senator Dilawar Khan, as he is the owner of a cigarette manufacturing factory.
According to officials, how it is possible for a member to take any decision against its own business interests.
And the presence of the owner of any cigarette company as a member of the committee will make this special committee impartial.
Other members of the committee included Senator Kalsoom Parveen, Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Ch Tanveer Khan, Sherry Rehman, Dr Ashok, Anwarul Haq, Azam Swati, Muhammad Ali Saif, Molana Gafoor Haideri, Shafiq Tareen, and Hidayat Ullah. It is worth noting that the senator, whose membership has caused concern among health experts, is also a member of the senate standing committee on health and finance, as well as commerce.
The special committee also does not contain any sector specialist, representatives of multinational cigarette manufacturing companies, NGOs, chartered accountants/tax experts, FBR officials.