rawalpindi - Secretary Excise, Taxation and Narcotics Control Punjab Dr Ahmed Bilal inaugurated a computerised kiosk machine at excise and taxation office to facilitate the taxpayers.

The Secretary said that such kiosks were being installed in 22 regional offices of the department in various cities of Punjab including Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Wazirabad, Gakhar, Alipur Chattah, Kamoke, Shujabad and others offices.

He said that the provincial government was taking solid steps for facilitation of the citizens, adding that purpose of installing kiosks in regional offices was to provide taxpayers an easy way to retrieve challan forms and assess taxes. The machines are being installed to minimise the interaction of the taxpayers with the E&T officials, he said.

He said that the department was also computerising property tax records of 15 more districts of the province. Currently, E&T offices in six districts have computerised the record, he added.

On the occasion, Director Excise Rawalpindi Tanveer Abbas Gondal, Excise and Taxation Officer (Motors) Sohail Shahzad, ETO Property Riaz Hussain Qureshi, ETO Admin Numan Khan and other officers were present.

The secretary said that the department had planned to install computerised machines at regional offices across the province to facilitate the residents in motor vehicle verification, professional tax assessment, taxpayers in self assessment and issuance of challans.

Tanveer said that the kiosks would also be installed in Murree, Taxila and Gujar Khan to facilitate the residents. Some areas where the property tax record has been computerised, property challans are being issued with an exclusive pin code.

The taxpayers can get a print of the challan with self assessment via kiosk machine by typing the pin code. The challan would be submitted to the excise offices, he added.

Later, in a meeting, the secretary was briefed about recovery of revenue including property, motor and professional taxes, excise fee and entertainment duties in four districts of the division, Rawalpindi, Jhelum, Chakwal and Attock. He was told that the Rawalpindi district had succeeded to collect over Rs2.4 billion against the target of over Rs3.9 billion set for the fiscal year 2017-18 with 63 per cent revenue collection.