KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution asking the provincial government to contact the center to exempt producers from loan collection.
Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu originally proposed the resolution on Tuesday, but the case was postponed due to a brutal adjournment following a brawl between the Treasury and members of the opposition.
Speaking on the resolution, he said 20 districts in the province have been declared stricken after the unprecedented heavy rains last year.
He said the coronavirus pandemic and locust attacks had worsened the misery on producers, rendering them unable to repay loans they had taken from banks.
Minister Rahu said, “Since all banks follow the guidelines of the State Bank of Pakistan, which is under the administrative control of the federal government, we want the center to lead the SBP to exempt Sindh producers from recovery of loans from last year. “
He also called for the payment of loans guaranteed in previous years to be deferred.
The Minister of Revenue said the government has not received any revenue from the city of Bahria with respect to stamp duties and property transfer fees
The house was later adjourned until Monday.
During the proceedings, President Agha Siraj Durrani expressed his grave displeasure and dissatisfaction with Tuesday’s gruesome episode between the Pakistan Peoples Party and Pakistani lawmakers in Tehreek-i-Insaf.
“If you don’t want to be a parliamentarian and you want to fight, you could fight outside,” he told members.
The speaker lamented the incident and said such a thing had never happened in his 30-year parliamentary career.
Referring to another incident in which assembly security personnel were allegedly manhandled and mistreated by PTI men, a visibly angry speaker called on those involved to make amends.
“Don’t threaten my staff. If you dare, come face me, I’ll come out alone, ”he said, without mentioning anyone.
On Tuesday, PPP and PTI lawmakers scuffled when disgruntled MPs with the latter attended the session and both parties did their best to take them with them a day before the Senate elections.
No income from Bahria city, AP said
The house was informed that the city of Bahria was still a pending case and that no income had been generated in terms of stamp duty and registration fees for the transfer of ownership or registration in 2018, adds APP.
Responding to questions from MPAs during Question Time, Sindh Minister of Revenue and Relief, Makhdoom Mehboob Zaman, said that no stamp duty was levied on government land and the land was not charged. had not yet been transferred to the city of Bahria.
Responding to another question on the state of electronic stamping and the automated registration process, the minister said outdated microfilming technology has been replaced with digital scanning and indexing by creating six digital scanning units. (DSU) at divisional level in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad.
He said all property deeds registered in Sindh have been scanned and indexed at DSUs.
He added that the entire old register of registers available on 25,600 rolls of microfilm in microfilming units had been converted into digital images.
The minister said details of all scanned records were searchable online and certified copies of the records could be obtained within 30 minutes from DSUs.
Online services such as registered deeds search, online registry status tracking, stamp duty calculator, deed templates, registration statistics, etc.
He added that the reforms have helped reduce the time to register properties in the province from 208 days to 17 days and improve Pakistan’s ranking in the Ease of Doing Business Index.
He said they were also preparing software to stop bogus entries.
Responding to another question, he said that 27 People’s Service Centers (PSCs) had been established in each district.
Posted in Dawn, le 6 March 2021