Passing the buck: Missed tax target blamed on ‘political appointments’

Reshuffles in workforce hindered revenue collection, ECC told.

Zafar Bhutta January 21, 2014
Reshuffles in workforce hindered revenue collection, ECC told.


The top brass of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has informed the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government that politically motivated appointments to critical posts during the previous regime had led to a dismal performance by the FBR in revenue collection in 2012-13.

Sources told The Express Tribune that the government was also told that the FBR workforce lacked motivation due to reshuffles in the top management and that frequent changes of field formations badly affected the smooth functioning of the agency.

According to sources, the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the cabinet was informed in its meeting on January 8 that appointments on critical assignments were made on considerations other than merit.

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“There is a lack of effective and coherent monitoring of revenue collection activities by field formations due to a crisis of leadership,” FBR authorities had said, adding that the top management depended on the tax amnesty scheme which never took off but had distracted the revenue focus from hard work to windfall and this resulted in the suspension of then FBR chairman Ali Arshad Hakeem in April 2013.

The economic decision-making body was also told that the new chairman was to superannuate in May 2013. Though his contract was extended up to June 30,2013, it could not prove to be effective.

It was stated that during financial year 2012-13, the FBR collected Rs1,939 billion against a collection of Rs1,883 billion during the financial year 2011-12 reflecting a growth of 3 per cent. However, the original target of Rs2,381 billion and a revised target of Rs2,007 billion could not be achieved.

The ECC was informed that three major factors including external, internal and leadership were responsible for the missed targets.

The meeting was informed that the targets set for the growth of normal and real GDP dutiable imports and Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) were too ambitious and the actual macroeconomic indicators remained below the expected outcome during 2012-13.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 21st, 2014.


ishrat salim | 7 years ago | Reply

IK was right when he said....PPP & PML N is in muk makao mode...nothing will happen...keep passing the buck & 5 yrs will pass....that is how 65 yrs have passed....this country leaders , politicians including the general literate people need a complete washing in dhobhi ghat...u know what it means ? unless a person like KHOMEINI emerges in Pakistan, this country has gone for a sixer....this may sound weird, but true if u guys watch TV program " Sare Aam "...where it is shown "what even general public are up to "...leave alone what we the literate lot`s contributions to the society are....just an eye wash...we are only interested in our-selves n our immediate family n beradari.....that is it...we are not concerned what we are doing to our country ? when are we going to come out from the deep slumber, expecting the present goofs to deliver that they all promised during their election campaign....are we gone so intellectually bankrupt ?

ET pls publish my comment...bcz truth must prevail.....together we may shake the conscience of our intellectual lot & the members of civil society.

fawad | 7 years ago | Reply

I expect no better from this government. They are also the masters of political appointments. All top posts of this country have being taken up by the relatives of Nawaz Sharif.

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