Published:  12:33 AM, 12 January 2019

The problems in doing business

Not long ago, businessmen came up with lots of complaints regarding problems they have to face regularly during doing business and commerce, which need a serious consideration, for all these are very detrimental to ensuring an encouraging business atmosphere.

They pointed fingers at a group of unscrupulous members of law enforcement agencies and tax officials and said they were harassed in almost all stages of business, including import, transport, taxation of goods etc. It is really shocking when business doers have to face so many problems that deter the flourish of business in the country.

The relationship between businessmen and the National Board of Revenue (NBR) have to be based on cooperation. Law enforcement agencies will take legal actions against those who break laws. But it is not desired that attempts would be made to stop goods-laden trucks all of a sudden on middle of street in the name of law execution.

This is a frequent experience on highways. Many times, businessmen are also forced to 'compromise' with the law enforcing members concerned to reach the products to destinations in good time, for which consumers have to pay the price at the end.

Similarly, it also applies to the revenue division. Businessmen will pay taxes according to the law. But it is unexpected that the government department would compromise with some 'special' people in exchange for money or because of high political influence of the businessmen concerned and at the same time would harass others having neither of these two means of compromise.

On the other hand, we think the traders, too, cannot evade their liability in this respect. Some traders intentionally violate the law or evade taxes so that they can come to a compromise with the government department concerned.

They are not even allowed to bring allegations against any specific person. It raises a pertinent question -- how could solutions be reached if questions and allegations of traders are not open? In that case, written complaints can be made at least, but there must be a complaining system through specifying the names of tax officers or lawmen concerned.A hassle-free business environment has to be developed so that people feel confident and interested in investing more.

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