IMF proposed to impose heavy taxes on contraceptive products

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 19 ( Alliance News): Pakistan to face a new wave of high inflation after the 6 billion dollar aid from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Following the agreement with the International Monetary Fund, heavy taxes on contraceptive products could be imposed, which would directly affect measures to control the growing population.

According to the details, taking up the issue on social media yesterday, singer and social leader Shehzad Rai highlighted this issue and appealing to the federal government and IMF officials not to impose tax on the said product.

He tweeted that “17% of Pakistani couples want to use contraceptives but cannot access them”.

“In this case, the tax will directly affect the growth of the population. I urge the IMF, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen to send a message while abolishing taxes that the population is growing rapidly,” he said. Increase is a big issue.

Speaking to Dawn, Shehzad Roy, UN Population and Planning Goodwill Ambassador, cited the UN’s Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey, which found that 34% of couples in the country were using contraceptives. Are

However, he said that “17% of couples are those who want to use these products but do not have access to them for various reasons”.

He said the new tax scope would further reduce the system, which could have an impact that the country could not afford.

“It is a misconception that the duty is only on imported contraceptives and it is used only by the rich,” said Shehzad Roy.

“Imported products include implants and IUDs (intrauterine devices). Implants have to be replaced every five years, while IUDs have to be replaced every 12 years,” he said. Contraceptives are used and are used for sterilization.

He added: “This is a great facility because it does not require frequent health care providers.”

The social leader said that in contrast, locally made methods are pills and injections, one pill every day and one injection every three months, which means frequent visits to the doctor.

Shehzad Rai said that he also raised this issue with Shaukat Tareen and he has expressed positive reaction on the issue.

He said that if Shaukat Tareen felt the need, he was determined to take up the matter with other authorities.


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