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Event Title: Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat

Event Date: 2020-03-05

Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat in its meeting discussed the status of employment/recruitment in PTA, details of violations and penalties imposed by PTA on the mobile companies operators during the last five years, details of taxes paid to the government by the mobile companies against the deductions by consumers while charging of the cell phone billing/calling cards, complaints/cases of cyber-crimes and their resolution.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood here at the Parliament House on Thursday and was attended among others by Senators Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Mushtaq Ahmed, Seemi Ezdi, Mushahidullah Khan, Najma Hameed, officials from Cabinet Division, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Federal Investigation Agency.

The Committee was told by FIA that initially there were 3 complaint centres back in 2007, 3 more were included in 2018 and 6 more in 2018. The Committee was told that from 2015 to 2019, 69028 verifications were registered, 14765 enquiries registered, 1696 cases registered, 1716 accused registered, 656 challans made, 134 convictions and 156 acquittals were made.

The Committee was told that in PTA 22 people were recruited in 2015, 19 in 2017, 1 in 2018 and 11 in 2019. The Committee sought details about the procedure adopted and quotas observed while undergoing the process of recruitment in the next meeting.

The issue of tax deductions and its collection from the mobile card was discussed at length and it was told that out of the 25.5% deduction on each 100 rupee card around 11% is Withholding tax and around 14% is general sales tax. It was told that a total of 45 crores has been paid as tax to the government from 2015 to 2018. The Committee was not satisfied about the percentage of deduction and its collection and called upon the relevant departments to give a detailed briefing on the matter in next meeting.