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Proposed tax on meditation triggers resentment

BSS

Distinguished citizens yesterday sought revision of a budgetary proposal to impose 15 per cent VAT on mediation courses for 2017-2018 fiscal with some rather suggesting allocation of subsidies for such practices, reports BSS.
“I suggest there should rather be a budgetary allocation for those who are organising meditation courses or helping people learn the process as trainers,” leading lawyer Barrister Amirul Islam said in a comment to the news agency.
He said finance minister AMA Muhith two years had said there should no VAT on mediation and “I hope he would withdraw the proposed tax on the mediation for the coming fiscal” since it could play a crucial role in striking a balance in one’s personal, family and social life.
Rights activist and columnist Syed Abul Maksud said for centuries together mediation was being practiced in the country while off late it drew massive people’s response as it appeared crucial in medical treatment or healing process.
“The proposal to impose VAT on mediation is entirely illogical ... rather the government should provide grants to promote its practices,” he said.

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