Change of system must for progress: Salman Farooqui

KARACHI: Salman Farooqi, Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan has said that as long as we do not change the system, then we cannot achieve success. Not bringing reforms is inappropriate but bringing change with appropriate manner is possible.

He said this while talking to media persons at Karachi Chambers, Commerce and Industry on Thursday. He said that everything is possible if it is done with passion so the institute should need to enhance their capabilities and will. If someone has given any position or title than he should be committed to do with it. He said the country which had gave him such title of Federal Ombudsman, is serving the country with authorities. He said that he has imposed such justice system in Federal Ombudsman which successfully provides justice to people within 60 days.

He said that when he took charge only 16000 cases were resolved per year but after his implementation the department has been capable to resolve the 200,000 per year. He said now his aim to make system which provides justice to the people on union council level for this he has sent a summery to Prime Minister. He said only 0.37% complaints have been registered against their verdict among them most the complaints have been sent them for review.

Farooqi said that he has made reports on bringing reforms systems in highways and motorway, railway, pension system, reforms in labourer child, issue of overseas and Post Office.

He said that talking about to close Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is inappropriate. He said the departments of tax collectors make mistakes but they bring customization. He said that he brought vast change in Karachi regarding project of Green Channel, container terminal etc.

Former President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Siraj Qasim Teli said that Karachi is being treated as step mother and FBR imposed all kinds of taxes on Karachi in different shapes. He demanded that if tax system has to rise than FBR should be closed. He said there are lots of people in taxation department who harasses the tax payers for their personal interests. He said there is about 25 to 30 lacks people in the country which enjoy every charm of life but do not pay taxes.

Federal Tax Ombudsman Abdul Rauf Chaudhry, while sharing report of complaints, he said this year they received around 2000 complains from different people, from them 80% of people is tax payers. He said that if new tax payers would include in tax net system than if would help to advancing national treasure.

Banking Ombudsman Anisul Hasnain, Insurance Ombudsman Mohammad Raeesuddin Paracha and Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women, Mrs. Justice (Retd) Yasmin Abbasi, (FPCCI) Vice President SM Muneer, KCCI Office Bearers were present on the occasion.

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