Civil society members urge govt not to impose VAT on meditation

Dhaka,  Mon,  26 June 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 00:35:36
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Civil society members urge govt not to impose VAT on meditation

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A group of civil society members have urged the government to keep meditation out of the list of value added tax (VAT).

The members whose comments are available with Youtube said meditation is now a popular and effective service in the country like elsewhere of the world as it helps people elevate lives with positive mind and sound health.

Musicologist Mustafa Zaman Abbasi urged the government not to impose VAT on meditation as it helps people earn mental liberty in thought and understand the Almighty.

"Those who are doing meditation and learning it are trying to realise and feel Allah, His message and all goodness in life. Taxation on it will prevent young people in its practice through learning," he said.

Columnist Syed Abul Maksud said medical science in the world has recognised meditation as it plays an important role in treating high blood pressure like health related hazards which work on the human's metabolic system.

"Meditation is not a product and imposing VAT on it is totally illogical," he said, adding that the government should give grant in meditation to popularise it among people.

Barrister Amirul Islam, author of the proclamation of Independence of Bangladesh, rather demanded subsidy for meditation in the national budget saying that 'Dhyan' has become necessary for Bangladesh. "Relaxation should be prescribed first for keeping us balance in social, personal and family lives."

He recalled the finance minister's budget speech two years ago to withdraw VAT on meditation and brought the latest reintroduction to his notice so that he takes right action.

Noted paediatrician Prof Abid Hossain Molla said meditation helps people calm down from unstable situation and increase level of attentiveness and competency in lives. "It is our duty to expedite the effort and provide all-time cooperation in its practices."

Former Director General of Bangladesh Television M Hamid said meditation practice has become need of the time. This is the method to cool down and provide rest to human organs including brain which is the main source of all power by remaining conscious.

Meditation has been included in the list of VAT as the national board of revenue has cancelled all its SROs issued before the VAT law 2012. VAT on meditation was introduced first in 2013 but withdrawn through another SRO in 2014.

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