Hike in licence fee worries traders

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STAFF REPORT

ISLAMABAD

Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) on Saturday expressed its reservations over the increase of traders licence fee by over 300 percent.

In a press release issued by ICCI, Tahir Abbasi Senior Vice President and Saif ur Rahman Vice President, ICCI said that Municipal Corporations of Islamab had unilaterally made 300 percent increase in trade license fee on which traders have many reservations.

While talking to a delegation of local traders during their visit to ICCI they said that business community was not against payment of tax, but making increase without following set procedure was unjustified.

They said that at the one hand, MCI has setup a separate department for removal of encroachments, but on the other hand, MCI has allowed pushcarts to do sale on footpaths on payment of rent.

Meanwhile, Tahir Abbasi said that DMA Directorate was handed over to Director Fire Brigade and a Deputy Director of Fire Brigade was performing the duty of DMA.

He said that CDA has enough officers and any officer of CDA well-versed with the issues of Islamabad could be appointed as DMA.

He said that MCI was also trying to levy sanitation tax in addition to receipt of conservancy charges.

He said that such double taxation was not acceptable to traders. He said that CDA had cancelled the move of a parking plaza in Blue Area, but MCI has given that plot for parking on contract to a party.

He said that giving commercial plot on for parking on contract was not a right move.

He said that traders would not allow MCI to give parking on contract to any party in any market including Jinnah Super Market and Traders Association of Jinnah Super would itself operate the parking in the area.

He urged that MCI should cancel all licenses of sit-out areas in all markets including F-10 Markaz and take action against those who have allowed encroachments on footpaths and other places.