KARACHI: The Sindh government has expressed its reservation over the Gas Infrastructure Development Cess and decided to approach federal government to distribute the collected money among the provinces under the Article 161 of the constitution.
This was decided in the meeting presided by Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah at CM House Karachi here on Monday. Advisor to CM for Finance Syed Murad Ali Shah, Secretary Finance Sohail Rajput, Secretary Energy Agha Wasif, Secretary Law Mir Muhammad Shaikh, Assistant Advocate General Sindh and other officers attended the meeting.
Advisor Syed Murad Ali Shah while briefing the meeting, said that Gas Infrastructure Development Cess was imposed by federal government through legislation in the National Assembly in 2011 and it was supposed to be utilized for Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) gas pipe line and Pak-Iran gas pipeline.
He said that since 2011 to outgoing financial year, collected amount of Rs 131 billion have not been utilized because of the fate of projected gas lines as such this amount was lying with federal government, which must be distributed among the provinces under the Article 161 of constitution.
The chief minister Sindh addressing the meeting, asked the officers concerned to approach the federal government for getting provincial share from this cess with proper justification. He said that Sindh government would also use other forums and options to get its legitimate share from this levy of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess if it is not responded by federal government positively.