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Recommendations to be moved, Senate told.

Islamabad, February 09, 2012 (Frontier Star): The Senate on Wednesday was informed that recommendations on removal taxes/ tool taxes from edibles moving to Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) to be moved to the government. "Rs. 4,269,385 and Rs. 12,502,180 were received as cess on transportation of sugar and urea to Bajaur Agency in last ten years" said Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) while speaking in the Question Hour of the Upper House of the Parliament. "However, not a single rupees has been collected as cess from the transportation of the flour to Bajaur Agency in last ten years" Engineer Shaukat Ullah said adding that all types of taxes, cesses and levies on the transpiration of edibles could be removed if the House would recommend. While giving details of expenditures of tax money collected from transpiration of edibles to FATA, he said that the collected money was disbursed among Maliks of various tribes, Qaumi lashkars, financial assistance to poor of the society, to poor students studying in various educational institutions of the country, position holders students of the Agency, family members of Shuhada, persons injured in terrorist activities, purchase of stationery, to health department for arranging vehicles and ice required during polio campaigns as well as rent to owners of houses occupied by Security Forces and Levies on monthly basis. To the observations expressed by Senators on the use of revenue collected from FATA, Minister said that all the funds used by FATA Secretariat were strictly audited. He told the House that no new college was established in FATA except one Cadet College in Wana in last two years while thirteen Girls Colleges were already functioning different agencies. ."However, FATA University is being established in Akhorwal (FR Kohat) which will cater for both male and female students" Minister added saying that 266 kanals of land had been procured at the cost of Rs 133 millions for the said project. However, Senators Haji Ghulam Ali, Raziq Khan and others questioned into the authenticity of the statement of Minister saying that they had not found any college or university in the areas pinpointed by the Minister. They objected that they had not found any area with the name of Akhorwal in FR Kohat where Minister claimed of procuring land for FATA University. Minister said that survey for the reconstruction of the schools and colleges destroyed by the militants had been completed and feasibility was under process, however, peaceful areas would preferred on the reconstruction of damaged schools and colleges.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Feb 9, 2012
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