SIALKOT - Model Customs Collectorate Sialkot (MCCS) on Friday claimed to have settled 13,436 pending refund/rebate claims, and paid a chunk of Rs931 million to Sialkot exporters.

Collector Qurban Ali Khan said that MCCS was striving to ensure early settlement of all the pending refunds of exporters, adding that it would leave no stone unturned to pay the dues soon. He said that it was providing advanced export facilities for exporters and importers besides ensuring rapid clearance of export consignments at Sialkot Dry Port Trust and Sialkot International Airport.

The collector added that 780 pending such cases out of 1,232 had been cleared with the payment of Rs57.6 million to the exporters.

He said that the it had started the process of paying refunds to the Sialkot exporters on priority basis. He said it had distributed Rs550 million to them, enabling them to jazz up their business activities. He added that it was honouring its all the commitments and winning the hearts of exporters.

He said that the payments would greatly relieve the exporters and manufacturers. They have warmly welcomed the payments of their arrears, he said. he narrated that the exporters were roaming ambassadors who travel around the world to fetch business. With their personal efforts, he disclosed, the export earnings of Sialkot stands at US $ 1.8 billion annually, which is six percent of the total exports of Pakistan.

He highly praised the spirit of self-help of the Sialkot exporters who had established Asia’s first-ever International Airport at Sialkot. He said that the airport has huge potential of cargo exports.

1,242 villages’ land record computerised:  The revenue record of Sialkot district’s 1,242 villages has been computerised while that of rest of the 332 villages would be computerised till June 30, 2015, the Gujranwala Division administration affirmed.

The commissioner claimed that after computerisation, the Patwari Culture would come to an end in Sialkot district, as the people would be able to get the computerised documents of their revenue record.

Shamail Ahmed stated this while presiding over a meeting of the district heads of various departments.

He also asked the Sialkot DCO to modernise the copy branch making some effective measures to preserve the official records of the local courts. He ordered immediate relocation of the land revenue record of Narowal district.