LAHORE - The Federal Revenue Alliance Employees Union of the FBR has welcomed the appointment of Saleem Mandviwala as new Finance Minister and said that he has not only indepth awareness of the financial constraints faced by Pakistan but also understands the issues of the country’s working class.FBR Union central president Mian Abdul Qayyum, in a statement on Friday, congratulated Mandviwalla on his new portfolio and said that Mandviwalla brought a rich background of experience with him, including having served as both chairman of the Board of Investment and the Minister of State for Finance and also being a successful businessman himself.He said that the FBR Union has attached very hopes with new Finance Minister because of his excellent performance as Chairman of the Board of Investment. He said that he would have to utilise his best abilities to facilitate the salaried class who are collecting revenues for the government despite all odds. The FBR employees expects him to understand their concerns, as he has been the serving the country as Minister of State for Finance for a long period. He said that several ruling PPP leaders, including Saleem Mandviwalla have recently visited the FBR where they lent a patient ear to the issues raised by the employees and promised to tackle them proactively.He said the government has recently given around 4,384 employees of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) approval for up-gradation in BS-14 and BS-16.Mian Abdul Qayyum and office bearers of Federal Revenue Alliance Employees Union expressed their gratitude to the Minister of State for Finance, Chairman FBR Ali Arshad Hakeem and senior officials of FBR.He assured him that employees will work with more zeal towards achieving the revenue target. He said FBR workers are committed to achieve their revenue targets and they would achieve targets well in time. He appreciated the setting up of the FBR Foundation but lamented that the 93.5 percent non-gazetted staff of the FBR has no representation in the management of the Foundation. He said that the union has already applied for changes in the basic rules of the Foundation. He urged the authorities to fulfil the union’s charter of demand. He said that like previous years the employees union would continue to support the FBR revenue collection drive but the department would have to facilitate the workers also by fulfilling their long-standing demands.He also demanded other initiatives for the welfare and benefit of employees, including quality housing, education and medical facilities for them.