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ISLAMABAD: The Excise and Taxation Department of Islamabad on Monday launched a Biometric Verification System with an aim to eradicate corruption during the transfer of ownership as well as new registrations of vehicles.
Islamabad Chief Commissioner Amir Ali Ahmed inaugurated the Biometric Verification System at the Excise and Taxation Department.
While addressing the inauguration ceremony, the chief commissioner said that the system would help eliminate the tout mafia involved in preparing fake registration documents as the buyer and sellers would have to appear physically at the excise office to get their vehicle registered or transferred.
“This was the first step towards the reforms. The department has also devised a system to monitor the vehicles with the help of safe city cameras and this system will be launched after a few months,” he added.
He further said that the police will also monitor the Excise and Taxation Department’s officials to completely eliminate the malpractices and corruption within the department. “Dutiful officers and staff members would be given incentives,” he said.
Replying to a question, the chief commissioner said that the new system would also serve the needs of overseas Pakistanis as they would be able to transfer their vehicles by visiting respective Pakistani foreign missions.
On the occasion, Excise and Taxation Department Islamabad Director Muhammad Bilal Azam said that the fingerprints of the owners of the vehicles shall be verified in real time from the online database of NADRA.
He said that this facility shall be available within the premises of Excise and Taxation Islamabad as well as in all E-Shaoolat centres of NADRA.
He said that Excise and Taxation Islamabad is contributing more than Rs4.6 billion to the national exchequer and the amount will be increased for sure after the introduction of the biometric verification system.
It is pertinent to mention that it has become illegal to drive any vehicle on an open letter from March 1, 2019.  Now, the biometric system will be mandatory for buyers and sellers to transfer their vehicles.

‘Pakistan Post to be transformed into profitable entity soon’
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Postal Services Murad Saeed on Monday told Senate that Pakistan Post would soon be converted into a profitable entity.
He apprised the Senate that Pakistan Post was facing a fiscal deficit of Rs52 billion, adding that the deficit was being supplemented with a ratio of 12.5pc per year.
The minister said despite of many hurdles, his team was taking necessary steps to bring Pakistan Post at par with other private courier services.
“We have made electronic money order system more efficient in last four months,” he stated, adding that Pakistan Post was now heading toward e-commerce.
Pakistan Post had increased the number of ‘E-Sahulat franchises’ up to 15,000 across the country with the help of National Database Registration Authority, he said.
Saeed claimed that owing to the radical steps taken by the ministry, the revenue of the department had increased up to 212pc.
“Pakistan Post has a huge network across the country and due to its vast infrastructure, private courier services are seeking help from it,” he underlined.
Senator Nauman Wazir drew the attention of the House toward a move to covert Pakistan Post into a regulatory authority.
To this, the minister said the issue was under discussion since 2005. “There is a dire need to regulate this sector and the issue had been debated in both the Houses and even had come under the cabinet discussion but was deferred due to some apprehensions,” he added.
Showing reservations on the appointing Pakistan Post director general as head of the proposed regulatory authority, he said it would be a conflict of interest and therefore, someone else should be given a chance to regulate the affairs of the national postal services.

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