‘Health and Education Cess’ is not allowed as business expenditure. This was clarified by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance while presenting the Union Budget in the Parliament today. Health and education cess is imposed as an additional surcharge on the taxpayer for funding specific government welfare programmes
The Union Finance Minister stated that the income-tax is not an allowable expenditure for computation of business income. This includes tax as well as surcharges.
The ‘Health and Education Cess’ is imposed as an additional surcharge on the taxpayer for funding specific government welfare programs, she explained. Noting that some courts have allowed ‘Health and Education Cess’ as business expenditure, which is against the legislative intent, the Union Finance Minister reiterated that any surcharge or cess on income and profits is not allowable as business expenditure.
Technology has taken a centre-stage for the Health Sector in the General Budget presented in the Parliament by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance. Two new digitally underpinned Schemes have been announced which indicate the key role that digital technology is playing in expanding the access of health and medical care across the country.
The imprint of the COVID-19 pandemic is reflected in the announcements make today. The Union Finance Minister at the outset, expressed empathy for those who had to bear adverse health and economic effects of the pandemic. She emphasized that the country is in a strong position to withstand challenges due to the accelerated improvement of health infrastructure in the past two years. In her Budget speech, she acknowledged that the speed and coverage of our vaccination campaign has helped greatly to fight the pandemic. “I am confident that with Sabka Prayas we will continue our journey of strong growth” the Finance Minister said.
कोरोना संकट के बीच हमारे टीकाकरण अभियान की गति ने बहुत मदद की है। प्रोडक्शन से जुड़ी प्रोत्साहन योजनाओं को 14 सेक्टर्स में बहुत बेहतर रेस्पॉन्स है: केंद्रीय वित्त मंत्री @nsitharaman जी#AatmanirbharBharatKaBudget #Budget2022 pic.twitter.com/jo3FKf7EZj
— Dr.Bharati Pravin Pawar (@DrBharatippawar) February 1, 2022
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted that the initiatives of the last year’s Budget have seen significant progress and have been provided with adequate allocations in this Budget as well. The strengthening of health infrastructure, speedy implementation of the vaccination programme, and the nation-wide resilient response to the current wave of the pandemic, are evident for all, she noted.
Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission
A new open platform for the National Digital Health Ecosystem will be rolled out. It will comprehensively consist of digital registries of health providers and health facilities, unique health identity, consent framework, and shall provide universal access to health facilities.
National Tele Mental Health Programme
The Union Finance Minister acknowledged that the pandemic has accentuated mental health problems in people of all ages. In order to provide better access to quality mental health counselling and care services, a ‘National Tele Mental Health Programme’ has been announced today. This will include a network of 23 tele-mental health centres of excellence, with NIMHANS being the nodal centre. The International Institute of Information Technology-Bangalore (IIITB) will provide technology support.