Chairperson PRA Dr Raheal gets CM nod, made his Secretary
Shehzad Gondal assumes charge of Accountant Member Appellate Tribunal
By Faisal Ali Ghumman
LAHORE: The Punjab government has appointed Punjab Revenue Authority Chairperson Dr Raheal Ahmed Siddiqui as Secretary to the Chief Minister.
According to a notification issued by the Services & General Administration on Thursday, Siddiqui, BS-21, has replaced Captain (retired) Muhammad Khurram Agha, BS-21, who has been directed to report to the S&GAD for further orders.
Member Operations PRA Javed Ahmad being a senior member is likely to look after the affairs of the top slot till further orders.
Dr Siddiqui, who got the consent of the provincial authorities for new assignment a few days back, is said to be the direct choice of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Bozdar.
He belongs to Bahawalpur and has previously served as Chairman Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Authority, Director General Excise & Taxation Department KP, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Political Agent Dera Ghazi Khan and Parks and Horticulture Authority Director General.
Informed sources close to the new secretary to the CM Punjab say Mr Raheal has been enjoying good relations with one of the brothers of CM Bozdar and tribes of South Punjab as he had served Fort Manru Dera Ghazi Khan and developed good repute among local politicians because of his professionalism and courtesy.
Being PRA chairperson, he spent three and half years and introduced basic changes in the tax processes and broadened the scope of PRA as a tax collection agency.
During his tenure, PRA made visible in public, new Commission-rates were established across the province, annual revenue targets were achieved and political pressures on field officers for legal action were minimized.
Meanwhile, after the departure of Chairperson PRA, the authority, which is already facing litigation challenges, has been facing the shortage of senior officers.
The posts of Member Support Services, Commissioner Enforcement Lahore, Commissioner Enforcement Multan and Additional Commissioners in five Commission-rates have fallen vacant amid revenue shortfalls.
Accountant Member Tribunal PRA
Shehzad Mehmood Gondal assumed the charge of Accountant Member, Appellate Tribunal PRA on Thursday.
According to a notification, Mr Gondal has transferred from the post of Commissioner (Enforcement & Legal) PRA and on deputation basis and posted AM AT PRA on a temporary basis till the availability of a suitable officer.
Mr Gondal, who is a younger brother of SSP Zahid Mehmood Gondal (late), belongs to Inland Revenue Service (IRS) and 30th Commoner. Mr Gondal, BS-19, has already served in key positions in PRA and is considered among the pioneers.
Transfers in PRA
In another notification, Additional Commissioner PRA Rawalpindi Sdia Akmal has been transferred and posted Additional Commissioner PRA Lahore.
Additional Commissioner (Enforcement 1) PRA (Operations) Lahore has been transferred and posted Additional Commissioner PRA Faisalabad. He will continue to hold the additional charge of Additional Commissioner (Enforcement 1) PRA (Operations) Lahore till further orders.
Deputy Commissioner PRA Lahore has been transferred and posted Deputy Commissioner Gujranwala while Assistant Commissioner (Headquarters) PRA Lahore Kanwal Sabir has been transferred and posted Assistant Commissioner PRA Rawalpindi.