PESHAWAR – Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority has generated Rs 34 billion in tax collections that is 56% of provincial tax revenue since its inception in 2013, stated KPRA Director General Tahir Orakzai during a multi stakeholder’s awareness and sensitization session on the revenue generation by KPRA , which was held at Pakistan Academy for Rural Development, Peshawar.
While commenting on the performance of the authority, Tahir Orakzai added that before the 18th amendment, there was no mechanism with the provincial governments to collect GST taxes. “The present government took initiative and established KPRA under the KP Finance act 2013 and this year till November, KPRA has generated Rs 5 billion in taxes against its set goal of 13.6 billion” he added.
According to KPRA Director HR, Arshad Afridi, “Efforts are underway for transparent recruitment of officers from BPS 1 to 19 and the authority is focusing towards enhancing the credibility and transparency in the recruitment process for gaining public trust.”
Moreover, in the current year, donor support projects have also been initiated along with developing the organizational structure including the establishment of Directorates and Collaborates.”
Tahir Orakzai added that the Authority has the potential to generate between Rs 30-40 billion per year once it is fully functional, adding that KPRA is set to become the largest contributor in terms of adding revenue to the provincial kitty.