Maryam Nawaz ‘Tajir Dost Scheme’ for Businessmen

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Maryam Nawaz 'Tajir Dost Scheme' for Businessmen

Maryam Nawaz’s ‘Tajir Dost Scheme’ has sparked a significant reaction within the business community, particularly among traders, wholesalers, and small retailers. Launched by the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), this scheme aims to register businesses in tax compliance. However, dissenting voices from businessmen have raised genuine concerns regarding its efficacy and implementation.

Understanding the Tajir Dost Scheme

Understanding the Tajir Dost Scheme

The Tajir Dost Scheme (TDS) is a recent initiative by Maryam Nawaz Sharif and the FBR, targeting the registration of traders, wholesalers, and small retailers into the tax net. The scheme is presented as a progressive step towards enhancing tax registration and revenue generation.

Challenges Highlighted by the Business Community

In a joint statement, the Chairman of the Chainstore Association of Pakistan (CAP), Rana Tariq Mehboob, and Co-founder of CAP Asfandyar Farrukh have expressed concerns regarding the scheme’s efficacy and implementation. They represent tax-paying Tier-1 retail enterprises contributing 90% of taxes from the retail sector. However, they’ve faced an uneven playing field for the past 5 years.

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Shortcomings of the Tajir Dost Scheme

Rana and Farrukh highlighted several shortcomings of the scheme:

  1. Lack of Comprehensive Consultation: The scheme was introduced without proper consultation with stakeholders, leading to concerns about its effectiveness.
  2. Absence of a Sustainable Roadmap: There’s a need for a sustainable roadmap to foster stakeholder confidence and grassroots awareness through campaigns in major cities.
  3. Unrealistic Revenue Targets: The ambitious plan to generate an additional Rs. 300-400 million in annual taxes seems unattainable without addressing fundamental issues.

The flawed policies and lack of stakeholder involvement have left businessmen feeling disillusioned. Without addressing their concerns, the Tajir Dost Scheme risks alienating the very group it aims to bring into the tax net.

What is the Tajir Dost Scheme?

The Tajir Dost Scheme is an initiative by Maryam Nawaz Sharif and the FBR to register traders, wholesalers, and small retailers into the tax net.

How can the shortcomings of the scheme be addressed?

Addressing the shortcomings requires comprehensive consultation with stakeholders and the development of a sustainable roadmap for implementation.


Maryam Nawaz’s ‘Tajir Dost Scheme’ holds promise in enhancing tax compliance among traders and retailers. However, without addressing the concerns raised by the business community and ensuring comprehensive consultation, its success remains uncertain. It’s imperative for policymakers to engage with stakeholders and develop realistic strategies to achieve the scheme’s objectives effectively.

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