KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the provincial government to approach the center to exempt farmers from restoring loans.
Agriculture Minister Ismail Rahu moved the resolution initially on Tuesday, but the matter was postponed due to sudden delays following a fight between the treasurer and members of the opposition.
Speaking about the resolution, he said that 20 districts in the province were declared hit by disaster after last year’s unprecedented heavy rains.
He said the coronavirus pandemic and locust attacks had piled up the misery of farmers, leaving them unable to repay loans they got from banks.
Minister Rahu said: “Since all banks are following the direction of the State Bank of Pakistan, which is under the administrative control of the federal government, we want the center to direct SBP to free Sindh farmers from restoring last year’s loans. “
He also demanded that the repayment of loans guaranteed in previous years be deferred.
The Revenue Minister said the government does not get income from the City of Bahria on the head of stamp duty, property transfer fees
Later, the house was postponed until Monday.
During the trial, Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani expressed great displeasure and resentment over Tuesday’s ugly episode between the Pakistan People’s Party and Pakistani MP Tehreek-i-Insaf.
“If you don’t want to be a member of parliament and want to get into fights, you can fight outside,” he told members.
The speaker regretted the incident and said that nothing like this had happened in his 30 year parliamentary career.
Referring to another incident in which panel security personnel were mistreated and mistreated by PTI men, a visibly angry speaker asked those involved to correct their ways.
“Don’t threaten my staff. If you dare, come and face me, I will come outside myself, ”he said without naming anyone.
On Tuesday, PPP and PTI lawmakers clashed when a disgruntled MPA attended the hearing and the two parties tried their best to take them away with them the day before the Senate election.
There is no income from Bahria Town, says the PA
The house was told that Kota Bahria was still a court issue and no revenue was generated in terms of seals and registration fees for property transfers or registrations during 2018, APP added.
Responding to MPA’s question at the Question Hour, the Minister of Revenue and Relief Sindh Makhdoom Mehboob Zaman said that no stamp duty had been collected on government land and the land had not been transferred to Bahria City so far.
Answering another question about the status of e-stamping and the automatic registration process, the minister said that outdated microfilming technology has been replaced by digital scanning and indexing by setting up six digital scanning units (DSU) at the divisional level in Karachi, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas. , Sukkur, Larkana and Shaheed Benazirabad.
He said that all property deeds registered in Sindh were scanned and indexed in DSU.
He further said that all of the registrant’s old records available on 25,600 rolls of microfilm in the microfilm unit had been converted into digital images.
The minister said that details of all digital registries can be searched online and certified originals can be obtained within 30 minutes from DSU.
Online services such as search for registered deeds, tracking online registration status, stamp duty calculators, certificate templates, registration statistics, etc., are available online for free to make it easier for the provincial community, he said.
He added that the reforms helped reduce property registration times in the province from 208 days to 17 days and improved Pakistan’s ranking in the ease of doing business index.
He said that they are also setting up software to stop fake entries.
Answering another question, he said that there were 27 Peoples Service Centers (PSCs) in each district.
Published in Dawn, March 6, 2021
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