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Tax won’t be of benefit if corruption can’t be stopped- Adheeb
Minister of Tourism, Ahmed Adheeb has said that tax would not benefit the state if corruption cannot be stopped. He said this speaking to Miadhu Daily yesterday.
Minister Adheeb said that when corruption is rampant in the country tax taken by the state would not be enough to provide the services of the state to the people. He said that what is important is to think about the objective of these taxes taken by the state.
“Tax is taken to provide more and improved services to the people. And to provide better services. To make the people more self sufficient,” he said.
Adheeb said that the state of corruption in the country is at alarming levels as is evident from the reports released by the Auditor General. He said that millions have now turned to billions. “Which monies are these? Is this not the tax money taken from the people? So from which can the services be provided when a few people are taking advantage of these taxes taken to provide to all the people? This is a matter of grave concern,” he said.
The Minister stressed that one of the most important state authority which can work to stop corruption and money laundering is the state Attorney General’s office. He said that the problem arises when the office of the Attorney General lacks quality and capable attorneys who can prove the cases against the perpetrators.
“Increasing the expenditure on independent institutions alone will not resolve this issue. The Attorney General’s office should be provided with an adequate budget. This cannot be resolved except by that,” he said. He said that a lot has to be done to fight corruption.