NA Speaker urges FBR to relieve tobacco growers

ISLAMABAD, Jun 13 (APP):The Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser has stressed the need for protecting the interest of the tobacco farmers and ending their exploitation.

He urged the FBR that the burden of tobacco taxation should not be passed on to growers and that the tobacco farmers should be provided maximum relief as they constitute the most vulnerable segment in the entire tobacco value chain, said a press release issued here on Thursday.

He was chairing a meeting here at Parliament House to discuss the budget proposals for giving relief to the tobacco growers.

A working group on tobacco growers concerns constituted by the Speaker National Assembly and headed by the Parliamentary Secretary for Commerce Ms Shandana Gulzar Khan, briefed the panel about the concerns of tobacco growers with reference to the current tax regime.

Comprising the Members of the Special Committee on Agricultural Products, Members from tobacco growing districts, and provincial ministers, the panel maintained that the entire economy of tobacco growing districts revolve around single crop, tobacco, which serves as their sole source of livelihood.