202025 Nov
PANAH wonders why health levy bill has not been implemented
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Despite written assurance given by the Ministry of Finance to the Federal Ombudsman, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is continuously delaying to implement Health Levy Bill which may enhance the economic crisis caused by COVID 19 pandemic. “Despite this, no implantation shows some hidden interests of the authorities concerned in this,” the general secretary alleged. Malik Imran, Country Representative, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, said that the FBR is deliberately delaying the implementation of the Health levy on tobacco products which was approved by Cabinet with special directions from the Prime Minister Imran Khan. He added that due to this delay, the country lost more than Rs 50 billion, adding that it is continuously losing large revenues which could have been utilized for various schemes of public welfare by the government, including Ahsas Program or Universal Health Insurance Card. However, the speakers alleged, the practical compliance on this decision of the cabinet is still in limbo, adding that apart from some other authorities concerned the FBR is the major culprit behind this big failure.

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