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Remove/Reduce GST for child-care services

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According to the new GST rules, the tax levied on child care services is a whooping 18% ! One one hand the Government is taking measures to empower women, which I am really happy about. On the other hand, the tax on a necessary service like 'child care' is comparable to some luxury services ?

Good, reliable, professional child care is a NECESSITY for an urban woman who wants to think of doing any kind of work, as the old support system of parents and relatives is no more available. How can a woman be truly empowered if she is not stress-free about the children she is leaving behind ? Only small-scale home-based creches will be out of GST bracket - which is not always a very reliable option. I strongly appeal to the ministry of Finance to remove GST on child care services , as this should be treated as a "necessity" - or atleast reduce it significantly to reduce the burden on the working woman, who will be eventually forced to bear it if she wants safe, reliable, professional child care for her children. I appeal to all working parents to support this cause.

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