Rs50m Worth Publicity Rights Given at Rs100,000 to PML-N, PTI Allege
LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has alleged that the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) handed over publicity rights worth over Rs50 million on 83 roads of A, B and C category to the PML-N for only Rs100,000.
The PTI spokesman says the party had sought information about tax collection during the campaign of the local government elections of 2015 campaign early this month. The PHA’s director marketing responded through a letter the PML-N had paid only Rs100,000 for the election advertisements. The spokesman says if any person or organization intends to carry out such campaign it has to pay the Publicity Tax to the PHA in advance for at least Rs50 million per month for the roads of Lahore.
He says the PHA has categorised 83 roads of Lahore as A, B and C, of which A category roads are 17.
The spokesman says that during one-month campaign of local government elections on the roads of Lahore millions of banners were displayed by the PML-N alone. He says the PHA’s website explains the advertisement rate list as: A category road poll tax is Rs3,161 per week and Rs12,652 per month; tax for B category is Rs1,898 per week and Rs7,592 per month; and for C category it is Rs1,328 per week and Rs5,312 per month.
“If we consider the number of polls at minimum 100 per road this amount exceeds over Rs50 million for which the PHA received only Rs100,000 from the PML-N,” says the spokesperson.
The PTI spokesman said the PTI being the main opposition party did not advertise on the 83 roads, where the PHA charged tax.
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