New government likely to bring structural reforms in FBR

ISLAMABAD: As the previous government has failed to introduce reforms in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), the new government of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) is likely to transform the organisation by dividing it into two separate bodies, management, and policy wings.

According to sources, the new economic team of the PTI led government is considering to take help from private institutions to bring reforms in the FBR. The government may also consider the uncompleted work on reforms started with the help of the World Bank and reforms proposed so far.

“Whatever reforms the new government introduces in the FBR will not be successful until the existing lot in the board is taken on board or consulted. 40 per cent of employees at FBR had resisted reforms introduced previously. Making and directing policies from outside may not work,” said a former head of FBR.

“As the new government intends to make changes in FBR’s structure, it must consult at least the young lot in the board, which is highly qualified and less polluted and corrupted as compared to the seniors. 46 per cent of employees at the FBR is young blood and they could play a pivotal role in transforming the institution,” he said.