Board of Revenue Sindh team visits FBR Punjab

LAHORE (Online): A delegation of senior officers led by Senior Member Board of Revenue Sindh Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi visited Board of Revenue Punjab on Sunday. Senior Member Board of Revenue Punjab Nadeem Ashraf while giving a briefing to the delegation said, due to special attention of Punjab Chief Minister, Land Record Management Information System Project is being speedily completed for the provision of transparent and easy services of land record in the province. He said that computerised fard and mutation deeds are being provided to lakhs of land owners within 30 minutes and 50 minutes respectively through land record centres set up in 143 Tehsils of the province.

According to an estimate, around Rs73.5 crore have been deposited to government exchequer as a result of issuance of 77601 computerised fards and 24809 mutation deeds through these centres in the last one month.

While giving out the details Nadeem Ashraf told that out of 363 mauzas, land record of 186 mauzas has been computerised. He said land record computerisation has been completed in 20 districts of Punjab while date of 16 districts has been registered.

He further told that Provincial Disaster Management Authority has been upgraded and its performance has improved. He said that this institute will forecast any natural calamity of future and relief arrangements can be completed before time, so that relief items have been stored to cope with any emergent situation in the province.

Senior Member Board of Revenue Sindh, Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi also requested for land record computerisation for Sindh so that land mafia could be eliminated from Sindh. Nadeem Ashraf assured all out cooperation to Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqi and his team and said that Punjab government will provide technical expertise at every level.

800 tons wheat seed supplied

to cultivators

MIRPUR (APP): At least 800 Metric tons of high quality approved wheat seed has been supplied to the growers in all AJK districts on their requirement. An integrated phased plan has been kicked off to raise the production of wheat in Azad Jammu Kashmir, official sources said on late Saturday. The sources said that those cultivators who do not have the wheat seed at present, may collect the same from the progressive farmers to ensure the cultivation. Another 25 tons wheat seed of various farms produced by various research farms was also being made available at the Research Farms of the department at the fixed subsidized rates.

The sources said that this problem has been resolved on permanent footings this year after the State Agriculture Department managed the successful and timely disbursement of high quality Barani wheat seed.

Tevta to provide technical

training to needy students

LAHORE (Online): Tevta will enhance the enrolment from 100,000 students to 200,000 during the year by initiating different technical training programmes to needy students, which will also relax financial burden for government. Chairperson Tevta Irfan Qaisar Sheikh was addressing at the Annual General Meeting and Prize distribution Ceremony of Defence Welfare Society at Defence Club Community Center. Representatives of Defence Welfare Society DHA Haji Inam Elahi Asrar, Hakim Muhammad Usman, SM Ashfaq, Begum Taseneem Firdous, Mehboob Iqbal Tata, Abdur Raoof Shahzada, Ibrar Ahmed and other executive committee members and TEVTA officers were also attended at the ceremony.

Irfran Qaiser Shaikh while addressing the ceremony congratulated the pass-outs of Technical & Vocational Training Center of Defence Welfare Society (DWS).  He welcomed the management of the Defence Welfare Society to mutually collaborate with TEVTA in providing certified training.

MoU was also signed by both organisations at this occasion to establish a relationship for collaboration based on the principle of cooperation for supporting the development of skilled human resource in general for poverty alleviation at this center.

Chairperson Tevta further said that the courses offered at Technical & Vocational Training Center working under Defence Welfare Society (DWS) will be examined and certified by TEVTA. This effort will increase the chances of employment of pass-outs of this center in public & private sectors.

Tevta has also recently launched programme of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) which would provide an opportunity to the informally trained workers to get a certificate of his expertise in the specific trade which would enable him to get a reasonable job not only in local market but also in abroad, he concluded.

Industrial zones be set up along Pak-China corridor

LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The Synthetic Products Enterprises Limited (SPEL) Chairman Almas Haider has said that industrial zones should be set up along Pak-China economic corridor and motorways for foreign investors with ten-year tax exemption for setting up industries. The upcoming visit of Chinese president to Pakistan is of great significance as important agreements of billions of dollars are expected to be signed, he said. He said the agreements would further expand and deepen the relations between China and Pakistan. The government, he said, should also take the private sector into confidence on the accords to be signed.

He said that Pakistan was making enormous progress, as the GDP growth rate would reach 5 percent soon. If the government provided all facilities to small and medium industries then the GDP rate could reach at 8 percent.

For the development of economy, the government should form deregulation policy in the country as it promoted competitive environment and could overcome the crises of petrol, gas and other petroleum products.

He added that the policy would help in setting the prices of commodities in accordance with demand and supply ratio and provision of petroleum products on cheaper rates to the people which could also add more revenue in national exchequer.

CDA discouraging investment

in Islamabad: Small traders

ISLAMABAD (INP): Outdated laws, manual procedures and rampant corruption in the Capital Development Authority (CDA) are hampering development and discouraging investors, a business leader said Sunday.  The investors who buy commercial properties worth billions are involved in petty matters like soil testing etc. which should be done by the CDA in advance, said Patron of Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rashid Butt. He said that CDA officials take years to approve the maps, design and plan of the building made by the professional engineers and architects approved by the Pakistan Engineering Council and the civic agency itself.

 Building Control Cell of the CDA delay approvals unless their palms greased by investors resulting in delays, disheartenment and increased cost of doing business, he added.

He said that CDA must make system automated and approve the layout plans within one month to reduce corruption, cut cost of doing business and encourage investment. This will make buying land easier, boost taxes and employment and cast down increasing trend of commercial activities in residential areas of Islamabad.

Butt said that CDA would impose 18 percent extra charges on late payments but it would not pay any damages for delay on its part to those whose billions are kept blocked for years.