People's doc, Dr. Devi Shetty, opposes service tax

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Dr Devi Shetty
Bangalore, Mar 6: After the Union Budget sprung some surprises for various sections of society with strong, mild and moderate reactions across quarters, it was the the turn of Founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya, Dr Devi Shetty to lambast Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's new move. His proposed 5% service tax on health care has irked the people's messiah, Devi Shetty.

Calling the new service tax, “misery tax", Shetty has called the move cruel and in poor sense. Sending an open letter to all media houses, he has openly called the new directive in the area of health care, anti-aam aadmi. He also proposes to term Mar 12th as 'Misery Day' and has called for all the citizens of the respective states to march to the Governor's house in the State capital to recall the proposed Service Tax. Shetty have also suggested that citizens carry banners that has slogans like,

"British Raj taxed salt and our government taxes on our miseries"

"Please roll back health care tax"

"It's not about service tax, it's about affordable health care"

He also expressed in strong words the lack of sensitivity from the part of government authorities and writes, “We have a dream to see India becoming the first country in the world to dissociate health care from affluence and we want this to happen within our life time. Only we can do it, because we produce 28 million babies a year, who if educated well, can create an thriving industry with the Government's support. If we do this, we would have lived up to the dream of our leader Jawaharlal Nehru "to wipe away every tear from every eye".

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