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Health levy not proposed despite cabinet decision
ISLAMABAD: Health advocates were shocked to learn on Tuesday that despite a decision of the federal cabinet to impose “health levy” on cigarettes and fizzy drinks, it was not included in the proposed budget for 2019-20.“Though the levy was approved by the federal cabinet and Prime Minister Imran Khan is categorical about it, on Tuesday during a meeting held before the parliamentary session, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) came up with a proposal to drop the levy and withdraw a third tier of tax, on cigarettes, to increase revenue,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services (NHS) Dr Zafar Mirza said while talking to Dawn.
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