Some officials of the Tehsil Municipal Administration (TMA) are patronising encroachers in the city and the extorting money from them, traders complained to the police.

After the complaint, DPO Shaker Hussain Dawar who went round the city thoroughfares to observe the reasons of traffic mess on the city roads.

As the TMA has miserably failed to remove traffic hazards on the main thoroughfares, the DPO launched anti-encroachment campaign and went round the city roads. He advised the traders, vendors and rickshaw drivers to remove encroachments voluntarily otherwise strict action would be taken against them. He also advised them to refuse to pay ‘Bhatt’ to anyone and bring the name of the extortionists to him so that action would be taken against them.

He said that at the time of opening and closing of offices, schools and colleges, police would patrol the main thoroughfares to ensure smooth flow of traffic. He directed the rickshaw drivers to, park their 3-wheelers at the fixed points otherwise stern action would be taken against them.

Later, he inaugurated a driving licence office at the Police Sahulat Centre in the CPLC office to facilitate the citizens. Rana Khalid Mehmood Coordinator of the CPLC thanked the DPO for providing the facility at the centre.

CALL FOR PAYING TAX: Chief Commissioner/Regional Tax Officer Mansoor Ahmad Bajwa has called upon the traders to benefit from the voluntary tax scheme.

Addressing a gathering of traders in Pres Club Hafizabad, he narrated salient features of the scheme, and said that the traders have been provided simplified return Form to file their returns by February 29 to benefit from the amnesty provided by the Federal Board of Revenue.

He further said that traders will get advantage of exemption from total audit for four yeas and non-filers should get maximum benefit from it. He further said that black money could also be converted into formal economy under the amnesty announced by the government and the traders should not lag behind in contributing in the progress and economic stability of the government.

Sheikh Muhammad Amjad, the president of Markazi Anjum Tajran said that the traders will give positive response to the scheme as it is aimed at progress and development of the country. To a question, the chief commissioner said that harassment of the traders would not be tolerated and advised the questioner to bring his complaint in writing so that action could be taken against such official.