ISLAMABAD - Chairman Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Salman Siddique on Friday revealed in a National Assembly Standing Committee on Finance and Revenues meeting that the government has turned down his offer to quit the office after the revenues collection figures fudging scam of the tax department. The committee met under the chairmanship of its chairperson Fauzia Wahab in the Parliament House here. The committee discussed the figures fudging scam of the FBR and Pak-Afghan Transit Trade issues in detail. Siddique informed the NA body that he has accepted the responsibility of the revenues collection figures fudging scam and offered to resign from his post. However, the government turned down his offer and asked him to continue the work. He informed the committee that FBR other day had transferred its high-ups due to alleged involvement in the scam and added that top officials of the regional tax officials would also be awarded punishment. The government is most likely to demote the concerned officials who are involved in a scam, said Siddique. However, the committee members demanded that these officials should be suspended instead of demoting. On this, the Chairman FBR said that it was not his domain as the Finance Minister could do so. It is worth mentioning that Chairman Federal Board of Revenue Salman Siddique on June 30 announced that FBR had exceeded the annual tax collection target of Rs 1,588 billion, as it has achieved Rs 1,590 billion. However, later on July 22, the FBR chief admitted the figures fudging and revealed that the tax department had only collected Rs 1,550 billion during the previous fiscal year. Salman also informed that FBR had almost completed the inquiry of missing containers. He revealed in a committee meeting that some 23,952 containers were missing in last two and half years. He was of the view that FBR has faced a loss of Rs 50 billion in taxes due to the missing of such huge numbers of containers. Talking about the 15 per cent flood surcharge imposed in March 2011, the Chairman FBR informed the committee that they had collected only Rs 8 billion through this surcharge against the governments expectation of Rs 36 billion. The committee members recommended the government to hire the services of Pakistan Railways for the cargo service of Afghan transit trade, as this would not only eliminate the monopoly of the trucks of National Logistic Cell but would also prove fruitful in minimising the deficit of the Railways.