PIAF demands construction sector incentive package for whole industry

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Karachi:     (Parliament Times)   The Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front has welcomed the new incentive package for the construction industry, with allocation of Rs.30 billion subsidy for the Naya Pakistan Housing Project, urging the government to announce the same relief to also other industrial sectors with a view to promote economic activities and generate new employment in the post-corona slowdown economy.,

PIAF chairman Mian Nauman Kabir, in a joint statement with senior vice chairman Nasir Hameed and vice chairman Javed Siddiqi, termed the package announced by the PM for construction sector as historic, saying it would prove a turning point for the economy, besides providing financial flexibility to the low income people for building their own houses.

Mian Nauman Kabir said that the government has already declared the sector as an industry as it had huge demand of up to 70 associated industries. He added that the move would add a positive impact on the country’s economic health and also enhance economic growth, besides facilitating the daily wagers. He said the construction industry is the second largest sector in the country which provides employment to the people.

Mian Nauman Kabir said that PIAF appreciates the PM to create a balance between maintaining a lockdown and keeping the construction sector running to save people from hunger and poverty. He also appreciated the allocation of huge funds by the SBP for those who have lost their jobs or facing income issues during the coronavirus crisis, urging the government to formulate a mechanism to ensure that funds are provided to the most deserving segments of the society.

Hailing the special package for the construction industry, the PIAF leader, who is also the former interim provincial minister as well as the ex-LCCI Senior vice president, said that the sector plays an important part in development of a country.

Nauman Kabir also hailed the federal government to reduce the number of NOCs and made a one-window operation in all the provinces, besides reducing taxes in the provinces and now investors should take advantage of this short window of opportunity.

Senior vice chairman Nasir Hameed recommended that the purpose of the National Coordination Committee on Housing, Construction and Development should be removal of obstacles in the way of the construction industry and for this purpose the provinces should also be taken on board.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, when the whole global economy is in recession, the government has taken good steps to announce a package for the construction industry by providing it concessions and tax relations, he added. Nasir Hameed said that he could see long-term effects of this pragmatic decision and said that in recent situations, it would uplift investments in the property and construction sector and re-open huge potential for new investment.

Vice chairman Javed Siddiqi said that the ultimate impact of these tax relaxations would leave a good impact on the construction industry, which not only opens-up opportunities but also activates the circle of 70 other allied industries.

Javed Siddiqi said that this was takeoff time for the construction industry, hence needed a comprehensive strategy to get more benefits from this government tax relief package. He also lauded the current tax relaxation to the construction industry and said this would promote market liberalization in this sector. The market regulation and liberalization would help promote growth in the construction industry, he said, adding that this would give opportunity to the new investment and job opportunity in this sector. He said that the construction industry needed more tax liberalization to compete with other competitors in the region and create more employment opportunities in the country’s economy.

PIAF leadership said that construction of high rise buildings and other big projects would also promote growth and investment. They said that a small-housing scheme for the middle class would be a better option to get benefits from this tax relation given by the government and also expected growth in the country’s economy.

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