He emphasised that the main theme was to save the industry and employment sectors and solve tax-related issues in the two sectors.
He identified Customs as an area where most problems were faced by industrialists. “People have several complaints when it comes to Customs, especially clearance,” he said said.
“As most of you must be knowing, we have three channels – green, red and yellow,” he said, vowing that the government has decided to increase the capacity of the green channel to 60% from the current 35% to 40%.
He told the industrialists that they were not pressurised [to declare their assets] this fiscal year as they have been in the past. "You must admit that," he said.
After a single extension, the PTI government’s second amnesty scheme came to an end July 3 and with it the chance to declare any previously undeclared assets.
The FBR closed its online portal and Zaidi had said they had the details of 110,000 people who have made use of the scheme. He believed this number will touch 135,000 because the cases of 25,000 people are still pending.
Last year, 84,000 people availed the amnesty scheme and the government gained Rs124 billion in revenue. So far, the FBR has collected Rs70 billion in taxes from people availing this year’s scheme.