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December 7, 2017

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‘Cotton cess be collected by district collectors’

ISLAMABAD: The body formed to restructure Pakistan Central Cotton Committee (PCCC) has recommended the collection of cotton cess from textile mills through the collectors of respective districts as per ‘Cotton Cess Act 1923’, making it a provincial subject to streamline the financial matters of the PCCC, an official said on Wednesday.
“The restructuring committee has also suggested keeping other testing fees and charges unchanged to promote the textile value-addition sector of the country as well as enhancing the cotton crop output across the country,” Dr Khalid Abdullah, cotton commissioner at the ministry of textile industry said while talking to Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).
“The committee has finalised its report that will be presented for approval in the next meeting scheduled to be held in the second week of the current month.” Abdullah said the committee has also advised the PCCC to multiply only ‘early generation seeds’ of popular cotton varieties, stressing that multiplication may be done through provincial authorities or private sector to ensure availability of seed for cotton growers.
“It also asked the PCCC to auction its seed varieties through open competitive process to multiply the seed varieties to enhance per acre crop output in the country,” the cotton commissioner said adding that the committee also proposed hiring a consultant to finalise the auction process and frame the details.
He further said that All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) was asked to share the name of a consultant to develop the programme and discuss the matter of non-payment of cess with their members and resolve the issue on priority.
The cotton commissioner said it was also recommended that the office of vice president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the PCCC should not be separated. “The vice president or the CEO should only be an expert, having extensive experience in cotton and cotton research, and be hired

through open competitive process,” Abdullah quoted the restricting committee as recommending.
He continued that the restructuring committee has suggested the abolition of the posts of chief financial officer and chief scientist deeming both the offices as unnecessary. Meanwhile, Cotton Research Institute Multan was directed to prepare a concept note for popularisation the wheat sowing along with cotton crop within 15 days with consultation of other stakeholders. With an aim to enhance its performance, the ministry of textile industry in Sept 2017 had constituted a committee for the restructuring of the PCCC.

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