Afghanistan Ministry of Finance has cut down income tax on products being imported from outside the country so that the people can purchase food and other commodities in lower price.
In a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Mawlavi Abdul Salam Hanafi, traders and representatives of food markets have praised recent decision of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on reduction of income tax on products and some main commodities being imported from outside.
In the meeting, deputy prime minister by stressing on paying the income tax said that the IEA had no other resources except collecting the income tax, asking the traders and owners of the country’s manufacturing companies to timely pay their taxes.
Despite of the recent decision on lowering the income tax, the food price is still high in the country’s markets.
A number of Kabul residents by blaming the traders of keeping the food price high in the country’s markets say they cannot afford to purchase food and other commodities because of the high price.
“I get 9,000 afghani as monthly salary, which is not enough for a six-member of my family,” said Abdul Jamil, a government employee.
He said with the low monthly salary he could not afford to get food and other commodities from market as their price was so high, asking the relevant organs of the IEA particularly the Kabul municipality to control the price of main commodities and food in Kabul markets.
Hashmatullah Waris, another resident of Kabul, says unemployment and high price of food and some other commodities have raised concern among the people as most of the people are poor and cannot afford to get foodstuffs and other commodities in the country’s markets. According to the Food Traders Association, (FTA) the wholesale rate of 49-kilogram of Kazakh flour has now dropped from 2,500 AFG to 2,450 AFG, 16-litre of cooking oil rate declined from 2,050 AFG to 1,850 AFG, 24.5-kilogram of rice from 3,200 to 3,000 AFG. Kabul-based shopkeepers believe that the price of key foodstuffs is not stable in the country’s markets, blaming some traders and shopkeepers of hoarding food.
They ask the IEA particularly the Kabul municipality to identify those hoarding food and other main commodities.