Lahore: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry Wednesday called upon the government to review Amplifier Act that has caused closure of numerous businesses besides creating atmosphere of harassment.
The LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz was talking to a delegation of Hall Road Traders Association, led by its Patron-in-Chief Baber Mahmood, here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The LCCI Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi also spoke on the occasion while other members of the delegation were President of Hall Road Traders Association Shabbir Labha, Amin Mazhar Butt, Moazzam Ali, Haji Nawaz, Saleem Bhatti, Sheikh Abid Hussain and others.
LCCI President said that there is no other opinion about it that enforcement of rules and regulations is a must for the wellbeing of the country but these rules and regulations should not be misused by the government officials as being done in the case of Amplifier Act.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry had received a number of complaints that government has imposed ban on the use of more than one speaker but police officials while harassing the traders and purchasers of amplifier, loudspeakers & related equipment, demand bribes.
He said that trade and industry is already passing through a critical time of the history while such anti business tactics are making the things more complicated.
LCCI President said that all the leading economies were giving incentives to expedite economic activities in their respective countries but in Pakistan the people who are sitting at the helm of affairs were doing the otherwise at this point in time when almost all the businesses were facing a number of internal and external pressures.
He said that it was very unfortunate that despite clear direction of the Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, the bureaucracy is creating troubles for the businessmen who are backbone of the economy.
Ijaz A. Mumtaz said that the private sector was ready to supplement all government efforts aimed at revival of economic activities in the country if they are provided breathing space but in the presence of such anti business tactics, it would be very difficult for the private sector to continue with their businesses.
He said that despite imposing ban, government should create awareness amongst the masses about misuse of the loudspeakers.
He urged the Chief Minister Punjab to take notice of the situation and stop misuse of the loudspeaker act in the larger interest of the trading community.
Earlier, head of the delegation of Hall Road Traders Association Baber Mahmood informed the LCCI President Ijaz A. Mumtaz and Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi said that loudspeaker act has incurred heavy loss to the traders of Hall Road and they have left with no other option but to close down their businesses.
The LCCI Vice President Syed Mahmood Ghaznavi ensured the delegation of Hall Road Traders Association that Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry would approach to the highest level to get the issue of the traders of Hall Road solved at the earliest.