ISLAMABAD The fate of the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) could hang in balance, as majority members in the National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance demanded removal of the chairperson of the committee Fozia Wahab for her dictatorial behaviour. The members said that chairperson wanted to run the committees matters by dictating and did not allow other members to speak in the meeting. They alleged that she (the chairperson) adjourned the meeting whenever she wanted and the same happened today (Friday). Therefore we asked the Speaker National Assembly in application to remove her from the post and appoint someone else as chairperson of the committee, they told the media after Wahab adjourned meeting abruptly. Ten members out of 17 including Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (PML-N), Khawaja Asif (PML-N), Muhammad Jamil Malik (PML-N), Khalida Mansoor (PML-N), Nighat Perveen (PML-N), Kashmala Tariq (PML-Q), Faisal Saleh Hayat (PML-Q), Abdul Rahshid Godil (MQM), Bushra Gohar (ANP) and Mulana Qasim (JUI) demanded the removal of the chairperson. Chairperson Fauzia Wahab adjourned the meeting when she exchanged hot words with Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Kashmala Tariq, Abdul Rahshi Godil and Bushra Gohar. The move of no confidence against chairperson could delay the legislation for the RGST, as the standing committee has to accept or reject the bill before December 20. In case of acceptance, it would have to give recommendations in this regard or otherwise, report to the National Assembly in its next session. It is worth-mentioning here that the government would take up the General Sales Tax Bill 2010 in the coming session of National Assembly, which is likely to start from December 20. However, the new controversy regarding chairpersonship of the committee would add to the challenges for the government to get this bill passed by the NA at the earliest. The coalition partners chiefly the MQM has already vowed to vote against this bill in the National Assembly. Earlier, during the meeting, Chairman Federal Board of Revenue, Sohail Ahmad said that RGST would not increase inflation at large, as it was expected that it would go up only by one per cent after RGST. He further informed that there were many other reasons including the governments borrowing and supply demand mechanism, which affected the inflation rate. Kashmala Tariq, in her remarks, said that the government instead of putting additional burden on the poor people should impose flood tax on the multinational companies, which were earning billions of profit in Pakistan. Terming RGST as drone attack on prices, Faisal Saleh Hayat said that his party could only support it if government convinces us that it would not increase the inflation rate. Shahid Abbasi said that RGST would lead to increase in inflation and asked why the government was imposing taxes on the poor when our president, prime minister and others are not paying it. Bushra Gohar asked why President and Prime Minister were holding meetings on RGST with parliamentarians when the concerned committee was disusing it in detail. She further asked how FATA parliamentarians could favour the RGST for other parts of the country when they themselves were demanding exemption for themselves. Earlier, representatives of Pakistan Poultry Association said that prices of chicken and egg would enhance after imposition of RGST on poultry feed. Representatives of Floor Mills Association informed the committee that by imposing taxes on fine floor, prices of all bakery items would shoot up. Director Pakistan Dairy Association (PDA) Fakhar Ahmad asked the government to maintain zero rated facility for this sector, as according to them milk is one of the basic food item, which should not be taxed. They also informed the committee members that majority of the dairy farms would closed if government impose any tax on this sector. Representative of Sindh Chamber of Agriculture demanded of the government not to tax the agriculture inputs as this would result in increase in prices of food items, as farmers would pass on the affect of RGST to the consumers.