After dealing with extreme criticism, Federal Vitality Minister Hammad Azhar on Friday clarified that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the cupboard “didn’t approve” a federal excise responsibility on web knowledge.
Azhar assured everybody that the responsibility won’t be included within the last draft of the Finance Invoice that has been put earlier than the parliament for approval.
“The PM and Cupboard didn’t approve the FED levy on web knowledge utilization,” tweeted the minister.
The minister issued the clarification after the funds paperwork circulated with the media confirmed that the federal government had imposed a Rs1 federal excise responsibility on cell phone calls exceeding three minutes.
The proposal additionally mentioned that Rs0.1 tax per SMS, and Rs5 tax per GB on web knowledge utilization has been proposed.
The funds doc mentioned that the proposal was made “to reap affordable income” from the telecom sector.
Azhar’s clarification tweet raises the necessary query why the proposal was included within the paperwork when it was not authorized by the cupboard.
Curiously, his clarification additionally got here when the federal government got here underneath hearth on social media over the transfer.