NIS NOT an ATM, it is OUR Lifeline!
Submitted by Ann Gittens
The CEO of the QEH has been making utterances about a health care scheme. We all know that elections are due shortly and both the Minister of Health and the Minister of Finance will be wary of introducing new taxes. So they have passed the baton to the CEO of the QEH. I just want to let them know that the NIS scheme was established inter alia to provide benefits for persons on extended sick leave, maturity leave, persons injured on the job and is unable to work and pensions for persons who contributed to the fund.
I would also like to let the CEO to know that the senior citizens of this country contributed to the NIS scheme and therefore are entitled to the benefits they are receiving. In addition we also paid taxes when we were working and still are paying taxes on our pension. The taxes we pay are supposed to provide us with social services such, as health care, transportation and so on.
The NIS scheme was not established as a bank account for any government. The taxpayers expect that the money they pay into the public coffers would be used to provide them with the necessary social services and not as a sloshed fund for politicians! I say a big fat no to any additional taxes irrespective of what scheme or “eme” it is for.
If the government wants money let it go and collect the VAT from the registrants. The NSRL could never raise as much money as VAT. The Minister of Finance boasted of the large amount of money he collected from the NSRL in a short period. So wanna can imagine how much VAT is being collected by the registrants!