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Proposed tax on meditation sparks reaction

Sun Online Desk     18th June, 2017 11:09:54 printer

Proposed tax on meditation sparks reaction

Distinguished citizens Sunday sought revision of a budgetary proposal to impose 15 percent VAT on meditation 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 organizing meditation courses or helping people learn the process as trainers," BSS quoted leading lawyer Barrister Amirul Islam.

He said finance minister AMA Muhith two years ago had said there should no VAT on meditation and "I hope he would withdraw the proposed tax on the meditation 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 meditation 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 meditation is entirely illogical ... rather the government should provide grants to promote its practices," he said.

Noted cultural figure and singer Mustafa Zaman Abbasi said people were practicing meditation as part of their spiritual pursuit to explore God in oneself or to develop the creativeness.

"I request the government not to impose tax on meditation," he said.

Ppediatric expert professor Abid Hossain Mollah said meditation was relentlessly working to stabilize one's restless mind helping him or her to concentrate in something.