ISLAMABAD (APP) - Speakers at a two-day workshop on Internally Displaced Persons called for swift restoration of infrastructure in Malakand, Swat and other affected areas. The workshop was jointly organized here by Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), National Trust for Population Welfare (NATPOW) and Global Disaster Relief Organization (GDRO). The meeting was attended by members of affected communities, officials of federal and provincial government and representatives of diplomatic community and NGOs. The aim of the workshop, which will be followed by another similar event, was to prepare a white paper for the government to devise a strategy for maintenance of peace in the troubled areas of Swat, Malakand and tribal belt. The recommendations of workshop will be useful for the government and NGO sector in policy formulation and implementation. The organizers of the workshop also intend to publish small case studies of the issues being confronted by all walks of life in the crisis hit areas, so that all the concerned authorities could be made aware of the situation. The participants agreed that the stakeholders should move towards a political solution of the crisis. Army can clear the area of miscreants but only a political dialogue can guarantee a lasting peace, they said. They said health, educational and all other infrastructure should be built on war footings and the state machinery should speed up its recovery efforts. The CEO of NATPOW, Iftikhar Durrani told APP that the workshop was aimed to discuss and know real issues of the affected people. NATPOW is holding the second workshop on IDPs on August 5. This time the participants will evaluate problems faced by IDPs in the post conflict situation. The focus of the next workshop will be on issues of health, education, business and return of normal life for the affected population. 31,577 vehicles registered in federal capital in a year The Excise and Taxation Department of the federal capital registered 31,577 vehicles from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009. The registered vehicles included, ambulances 28, buses 70, coaster 01, cranes 02, forklifters 05, jeeps 1,277, mini buses 28, motor cars 14,539, motorcycles 11,207, pick ups 2,616, tankers 09, tractors 44, trucks 89, vans 39, and wagons 39, Excise and Taxation Officer (ETO), Syed Mushtaq Hussain Shah told APP here on Sunday. The ETO also informed that form July 1, to July 31, this year excise office has registered another 3,724 vehicles. Syed Mushtaq said the advance tax to be paid at the time of registration of a raw motor car or a jeep by the owner will be Rs 7,500 for having engine capacity of upto 850 cc, Rs 10,500 on 851 to 1,000 cc, Rs 16,875 on 1,001 cc to 1,300 cc, Rs 16,875 on 1301 cc to 1,600 cc Rs 22,500 on 1,601 cc to 1,800 cc, Rs 26,875 on 1,801 cc to 2,000 cc and Rs 50,000 on above 2000 cc. He said, the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad has imposed the penalty on late registration of vehicles and it will be received on the actual prices of the vehicles. Giving the detail, exceeding 60 days but not exceeding 120 days the 125 percent penalty will be received on the actual fee of the vehicles, while exceeding 120 days but not exceeding 240 days the registration rate would be enhanced 150 percent of the actual fee, and exceeding from 240 days 200 percent rated would be enhance on the actual fee, he added. He said, the late registration penalty fee has been collecting from the May 1, 2009. The ETO said that Islamabad Excise Department has also been collecting the per annual income tax on vehicles from July 1, 2009, while the annual tax was increased in the budget of last year in 2008. Now the Capital Excise Department collecting annual income tax on vehicles up to 1,000 cc Rs 750, while it was Rs 0 (zero) last year, vehicles 1,001 cc to 1,299 cc Rs 1750, while it was Rs. 750, vehicles 1,300 cc to 1,599 cc Rs 3,000, whereas it was Rs 1,500, vehicles 1600 cc to 2000 cc Rs. 4,000, while it was Rs. 2,000 and vehicles above 2,000 cc Rs 8,000 per annual while it was Rs 3,000 in the last year, he added. He said that the government has not increased the token tax of vehicles since the establishment of Islamabad Excise Office, the detail of token tax as a Rs 24 per seat per quarter on private vehicles and Rs. 42 per seat per quarter on commercial vehicles.