PESHAWAR (APP) - Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) expressed its serious concern over amendments in relief package announced by Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gilani as compensation for business community of NWFP for losses it received due to militancy and terrorism. The Sarhad Chamber has also expressed its opposition to proposed plan of implementing Value Added Tax (VAT) and said any survey for expanding Income Tax base would not allowed due to prevailing circumstances in the province. Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, President SCCI, Riaz Arshad said the Prime Minister should take notice of amendments in relief package which is also making the incentives as confusing and non-implementable. SCCI chief was flanked by other office bearers of Sarhad Chamber and prominent businessmen including, Afnan Aziz, Chairman APTMA NWFP Chapter, M Ishaq, Trader leader, Sharafat Ali Mubarik. There is wide difference between the announcements made by the Prime Minister and former Finance Minister, Shaukat Tarin while unveiling the Relief Package for NWFP, Riaz Arshad said. Now, he continued, the SROs released by federal government in regard with incentives in the relief package have stunned the business community of NWFP because these are very confusing and in contrast with the relief announced by the Prime Minister. He said the PM announced that no sales tax will be enforced on electricity bills in commercial sector of NWFP. Whereas, the bills received even in current month by business community includes sales tax. Similarly, SCCI chief added, the announcement about waiving micro loans of small traders amounting up to Rs. Five hundred million has not been implemented yet. Riaz said the SROs regarding reduction in bank mark up rates is also so confusing that even the bankers are unable to understand as to how implement the order. Such confusion, he continued, has caused panic among bankers who have become aggressive towards businessmen and pressing for early return of loans. About VAT, Riaz Arshad said government is introducing a new mechanism of collected sale tax and it will also create confusion among the trading community of the country. He said in the prevailing circumstances when the business community is seeking relief and incentives from government, any attempt to implement new taxes will result in negative. He said a convention of Presidents of All Chambers of Commerce and Industries was recently held in Burban and the participants had rejected VAT. Speaking on the occasion, Afnan Aziz, Chairman APTMA NWFP Chapter said the Textile is the biggest industry in NWFP and due to export base industry it is exempted from the list of sales tax . Whereas now, he continued, in the revised order about Prime Ministers Relief Package, the industry has been included in the list of sale tax, surprising the industrialists. He alleged that some circles in the bureaucracy of the country are hatching a conspiracy to make the PMs Relief Package unsuccessful. Other who spoke on the occasion included, Former Senior Vice President SCCI, Muhammad Ishaq, Former President of SCCI, Sharafat Ali Mubarik and Zahid Ali Shinwari. Later, President SCCI, Riaz Arsahd demanded of the government to remove confusion from the Relief Package and make it implementable within a fortnight period otherwise the business community of NWFP will be forced to consider plan of not paying any tax and utility bills.