LCCI For Withdrawal Of Tax On Solar Equipment
The demand was raised at an urgent Press Conference jointly organized by the Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Pakistan Solar Association at the LCCI on Friday.
LAHORE: (UrduPoint/UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News-Jan 21st, 2022) LCCI president Mian Nauman Kabir, senior vice president Mian Rehman Aziz Chan, Acting chairman of Pakistan Solar Association M. Farhan, senior vice chairman Waqas Moosa, members of the association Amir Chaudhry, Ali Rafiq and others addressed the Press Conference.
Pakistan Solar Association representatives said that on January 13th, Federal Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, in his speech on Supplementary Finance Bill 2021-22, announced that the proposal of tax on Solar equipment has been removed. But on January 17th, while submitting import GDs on the FBR portal for customs clearance, it was discovered by various importers that the sales tax exemption was eliminated and tax was imposed on solar equipment.
They said that the solar and wind power plants are the only alternative solution against the rising prices of electricity, gas and petrol and the increasing environmental pollution in the country. They said that the fossil fuel based power plants require costly imported diesel and oil while the installation of solar system is required one-time investment which provides continuous benefits for more than 25 years without additional expenses.
LCCI president Mian Nauman Kabir said that the imposition of 17% tax on the solar energy equipment will fragile the efforts for the promotion of alternative energy sources in the country.
He said that the Finance Minister announces tax exemption on solar equipment while the tax has been imposed which means that his credibility is being challenged.
He said at a time when the world is setting targets for a zero-carbon economy, supporting the trade of green products and imposing penalties on the high carbon sector, the government’s decision to impose tax on solar energy equipment does not prevail as a favorable idea for its own sustainability.
Mian Nauman Kabir said that the country needs to increase exports and earn foreign exchange. However, solar energy is becoming costly due to increased taxes, thus pushing up production cost to compete on the international market.
LCCI senior vice president Mian Rehman Aziz Chan said that there is a dire need of the promotion of alternative energy sources to control the high import bill. He said that the solar equipment are imported one time and generate energy for the life of the equipment while on the other hand, the import of oil has to be imported on a regular basis to produce electricity through thermal means.
The participants of the press conference were of the view that the developed countries of the world are producing policies to facilitate the solar industry while in Pakistan, new taxes are being imposed on this sector that will have deadly economic impacts.
LCCI President Mian Nauman Kabir is address a press conference at the LCCI. LCCI Senior Vice President Mian Rehman Aziz Chan and Acting chairman of Pakistan Solar Association M. Farhan are also sitting with him.