KARACHI: Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh has written to the Prime Minister and demanded the FBR to return Rs 22 billion of Sindh Workers Welfare Funds.
Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh Justice (Retd) Maqbool Baqir has drawn the attention of Prime Minister Anwarul Haq Kakar to the illegal collection of workers welfare fund by the Federal Board of Revenue through a do letter.
In his letter, he has told the Prime Minister that after the 18th amendment in the constitution and the abolition of the concurrent list, the Sindh Government has enacted the Sindh Workers Welfare Fund Act 2014 and the Sindh Companies Profits (Workers Party Suppression) Act 2015. The provincial government is constitutionally Sindh. It is authorized to collect workers welfare fund and Sindh Workers Party stipend funds from the industrial establishments which is a scheme for the welfare of the workers of the industrial units.
The Chief Minister said in the letter that despite the above-mentioned clear constitutional amendment, FBR continues to collect WWF/WPPF from Sindh-based contributors even as such SWWF/SWPPF is deposited in FBR by Sindh-based industries. Billions of rupees are paid, on which Sindh province has the first right.
Regarding the funds paid to FBR by OGDCL, PSO, PPL, Engro Group, Fuji Group and other manufacturers, Justice Baqir said that the money was deposited with the Sindh government. However, the FBR has retained the illegally collected funds and failed to transfer the same to the Sindh Workers Welfare Board, which is in contrast to the previous practice up to FY 2015-16 and poor labourers. And the money spent on the welfare of their families is being deprived of the province of Sindh.
The Chief Minister urged the Prime Minister to direct the Ministry of Finance to transfer all SWWF/SWPPF funds to the Sindh government.