LAHORE - Chairman Chief Ministers Taskforce on Elementary Education, Raja Muhammad Anwar has said that Punjab government does not want to impose any tax on private schools with a view to their increasing role in promotion of education. In a statement issued here Sunday, Raja Anwar said that committee set up for the improvement of private educational institutions has recommended provision of free books to private schools receiving less fees than one thousand rupees. He said it is priority of the government that private educational institutions should run their affairs through an independent and autonomous body and solve their problems. He said a suggestion is under consideration that an independent, autonomous and representative body, Punjab Private Education Promotion and Regulatory Authority (PEPRA) of private schools be set up. He said that Chairman PEPRA will select members Board of Governor from private sector. He said that aim of this step is to provide a representative forum to private schools so that they could settle their matters without any hindrance of the government. He made it clear that PEPRA will fix and receive registration and annual fee of the private schools instead of representatives of education department. He said that this authority is being set up for promotion of private sector and will also provide the facility of one window operation. He said that establishment of PEPRA is in the interest of private sector and in this way private schools will work with more independence. He said that Punjab government is education-friendly and supports active role of private institutions, therefore, after the setting of PEPRA besides improvement of education system, private sector will also be strengthened.