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Telcos: Supplementary duty hike to be extra burden for customers

  • Published at 04:55 am June 12th, 2020
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Representational photo Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The telecom operators urge the authorities to reconsider the issue

Leading mobile operators Grameenphone (GP), Robi, and Banglalink have said the increase of supplementary duty in the new proposed budget will be an additional burden to customers. 

Therefore, they urged the authorities to reconsider the issue, reports UNB. 

Hossain Satad, director and head of Public and Regulatory Affairs of GP, said the decision to increase supplementary duty will be a burden for the customers and unfavourable to unlocking possibilities of Digital Bangladesh.

"We urge the government to reconsider this decision before implementing in the attribution of our valued customer interest," he added.

Meanwhile, another mobile operator Robi said it is very unfortunate that the 2% minimum tax on its revenue imposed in last year's budget remained unchanged.

Shahed Alam, chief corporate and regulatory officer of Robi Axiata Limited, said there is still a chance to review the self-defeating tax and hoped the government will take positive decision in this regard.

Apart from these, increasing supplementary duty by 5% on all telecom related services is highly regrettable, he said, adding that the decision would bring further misery to the customers.

In an immediate budget reaction, Banglalink Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Erik Aas also came up with the same remark. 

He said an additional 5% supplementary duty on telecom services will especially affect the less privileged consumers.

Erik Aas urged the government to withdraw the VAT on internet in view of the impact of coronavirus-induced economic crises on internet users.

He also requested the government to reconsider the minimum tax imposed on mobile operators.

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