A number of Afghan lawmakers on Monday criticized the government over its failure to establish a transparent collection system for the revenues earned from 10 percent telecom tax on mobile phone users, saying the amount of money being stolen by certain individuals, Aria News reported.
The members of Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the parliament said some elements within the government were trying to halt the plan of activating a transparent collection system.
“The issue of having [collection] system started by the Ministry of Telecommunication three years ago, but the issue is politicized and some individuals don’t want this system to be activated because the tax money being shared to many people,” said Qais Hassan, head of parliament’s Telecommunication and Transportation Commission.
Meanwhile, MP Makhdom Abdal Mohammadi said that it had been six months since the promises were made to activate the system for collection of telecom tax, but the plan had not been implemented so far.
The Minister of Telecommunication, Shahzad Gul Aroubi, however, said that the amount of money earned via telecom tax is being transferred to the central bank. “No authority has access to telecom tax. We are making efforts to create a transparent collection system and some companies are volunteers in this regard,” he said.
This criticism came after the house summoned the telecommunication minister Aroubi over the issue.