Autism related services to get VAT exemption
DHAKA, June 03, 2021 (BSS)–Autism related services are going to get VAT exemption to make people aware of autism and neuro developmental disorders.
Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal has proposed the VAT exemption on autism related services while placing the national budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021-22 today in Jatiya Sangsad.
He also proposed for continuation of existing VAT exemption on “meditation service” to protect mental health.
The minister in his budget speech said that in accordance with the National Strategic Plan 2016-2021, steps have been taken on Autism and Neuro-Developmental Disorders.
“Educational measures have been taken to make people aware of autism and neuro developmental disorders.”
Child development centers have been established in 33 hospitals through which patients with autism and neurodevelopmental disorders are being provided integrated treatment, the minister said.
He said a total of 103 ‘Disability Services and Help Centers’ have been set up in 64 districts and 39 upazilas of the country to provide therapeutic services to the challenged people in remote areas of the country.
“All these centers provide free therapeutic, counseling and referral services and assistive devices to people with autism and other disabilities in remote areas of the country. In addition, Sheikh Russell Child Training and Rehabilitation Centers are working across the country to protect all disadvantaged and endangered children. An allocation of Tk. 92.21 crore has been proposed for these two activities in the coming fiscal year 2021-2022,” he added.