DCs propose ways to widen tax net | 2019-07-16

DCs propose ways to widen tax net

Special Correspondent

16 July, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The deputy commissioners or the district chiefs on Monday proposed the formation of separate bodies in the districts to increase the much needed revenue collection.

The DCs made the proposal on the second day of the five-day DC conference that is underway in Dhakat.

Emerging from the meeting, PM’s economic affairs advisor Mashiur Rahman told reporters at the secretariat that the DCs proposed the bodies at district and upazila levels should be formed under the DCs and UNOs to increase the tax net.

Members of the National Board of Revenue welcomed the proposal as “good.”

The adviser said that the DCs raised various issues, including problems like distributing loan and entrepreneurship loans for women.

 “They just placed the proposal yesterday. The proposal will be listed first and then it will be scrutinized,” he said.

In another meeting, state minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid asked the DCs not to provide gas and power connections to any unplanned industrial unit.

“Not only economic zones, there are industrial zones of BSCIC. No gas or power connection will be given to industries if those are not set up in planned zones,” he said.

Referring to prepaid metre, the state minister said, “There’re some problems at the field level regarding the metre as it’s a new technology.”

He said a guideline will be formulated soon for land acquisition to install power transmission lines.

About outstanding power bill, Nasrul said the country now has arrear electricity bills of about Tk 1400 crore in addition to outstanding gas bills.

He mentioned that there are problems in power and gas supply due to the establishment of unplanned industrial units. The entrepreneurs may shift to planned industrial areas in the future, if they want to do.       

Over the DCs suggestion for taking measurers to hold special classes in the schools located in the country’s marginal areas and hiring guest teachers from reputed educational institutions, education minister Dipu Moni said the government is considering for introducing ‘Shikkha TV’ to broadcast the lectures of the teachers of reputed educational institutions in television.

“We told the DCs during the meeting that we could broadcast the lectures of teachers of reputed institutions through television in a cheaper cost and reach those to these schools located in remote areas,” she said.