Farah revenue up by 65pc, thanks to better management
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Revenue collected in western Farah province during the current solar year have shown an increase of 65 percent over last year, an official said on Saturday. Afghanistan fiscal year begins on December 22.
Acting Custom Director Taza Gul Tale told Pajhwok Afghan News 3.407 billion afghanis was his department’s revenue target for 1394 solar year. But the overall collections stood at 4.62 billion afghanis.
A large portion of the income was collected in taxes on goods imported through the Abu Nasr Farahi Port to the country. In 1393, the custom department had recovered 2.424 billion afghanis, falling way short of the target of 4.130 billion afghanis.
While linking the hike to increased business activity, prevention of smuggling and combating corruption, the official indicated professional competence and commitment could further boost the government’s revenue.
Revenue Director Abdul Hadi Bawar said his department’s income had surged. The target for his department was 240 million afghanis, but it collected 267 million afs. He tied the spike to better management, collection and control of high-tonnage trucks.
“With the help of governor, we have managed to control overloading. In the past, a truck would carry four times more goods than the permissible limit, paid less,” Bawar said, calling transport, telecommunication, passport, traffic and other departments the main sources of revenue.
In 1393, 267 million afghanis was the target for the department, which managed to realise 196.6 million afghanis, he said. Farah’s revenue amounted to 2. 621 billion afghanis in 1393, shooting up to 4.329 billion afghanis this year.
Figures from the Ministry of Finance indicate the total revenue in 1394 was 120.75 billion afghanis, suggesting a 21 percent increase over 1393.
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