The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in Parliament has assured the public that it will continue to use every legitimate and lawful channel to resist the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose on the ordinary Ghanaian.
According to them, their position from the outset of the 2022 Budget debate has been that the 1.75% E-Levy government is seeking to impose is regressive, punitive and draconian, and that same must be suspended.
In a statement signed by Mr Muntaka Mubarak,
MP for Asawase and Chief Whip, the Minority caucus said it has vigorously championed this position in Parliament and in the media space to draw Government’s attention to their demands.
However, it noted that subsequent to their rejection of the Budget on 26th November, 2021, government has sought to engage the NDC Caucus in a series of discussions towards finding an amicable solution to the impasse.
Surprisingly, it stated that despite the good faith demonstrated by the NDC team recognising the importance of the Budget to the economy, business and households, the government side out-rightly rejected the Minoriry’s proposal for a revision of the E-levy leading to a breakdown of the discussions.
“We wish to state unequivocally that no concrete decision or agreement has been reached between government and the NDC Caucus in Parliament on this matter,” the NDC Caucus stated.
It added that, As we speak, government’s so-called concessions are unknown to us and we have no clear indication that they intend to seriously consider any of the proposals that have come up.”
Meanwhike, the NDC Caucus said under the circumstance, it will maintain its original position as stated earlier.
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