NANKANA SAHIB - The Excise and Taxation Department of the district, on Saturday, decided to crack down on illegal and unregistered vehicles. The department had started an operation against unregistered vehicles earlier, but due to non-cooperation of police officers the required results could not be achieved, prompting ETO Chaudhry Mhuammad Akram to complain to senior police officials. In this respect, a meeting was called at DPO Dr Haider Ashrafs office that was attended by ETO Ch Mhuammad Akram, Inspector Ghulam Murtaza Alvi, traffic officers and SHOs concerned. The DPO ordered all the SHOs to take active part and extend full cooperation to the Excise & Taxation Department in its drive. He ordered that strict action must be taken against violators at every cost. Talking to journalists at the Press Club, E&T Inspector Ghulam Murtaza Alvi said that around 30-40 vehicles were being taken into custody on a regular basis to recover tax from defaulters, adding that about Rs0.8million tax had been recovered so far. He regretted that due to callous attitude of the police department and intervention of some very influential political figures, the E&T Departments performance had already been affected, causing financial huge losses to the government. He further said the department was facing acute shortage of staff, otherwise, more than half a million additional motor tax could be collected. Proposed power tariff hike rejected: Punjab Public Accounts Committee former district chairman Ch Azeem Noori Ghuman has said the proposed 36 per cent hike in power tariff will further shatter the fragile economy. While addressing a press conference here on Thursday, he said that due to prolonged loadshedding and hike in prices of all commodities, the common man had already been deprived of two meals a day and the aforesaid proposal would also increase prices of almost all essential items.