India’s children are paying the price of Tax Robbery

India’s children are paying the price of Tax Robbery

 
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Why Oxfam cares about tax? 

 

The world’s poorest people are being short-changed by more than $100 billion every year, by rules that allow tax dodging by hugely profitable multinational corporations. This is income that governments could use to pay for hospitals, clean water, schools that people living in poverty desperately need.

India loses US$ 41.17 billion (approx Rs 2629 billion) due to corporate tax avoidance, or 2.34% of GDP, one of the highest in the world. This amount can help save 40 million Indians from being pushed into poverty every year due to unaffordable healthcare expenditure.

 

Every year, more than two and a half million babies in the world die before they are one month old. In India around 1.08 million children under the age of five years died in 2015. That comes to two children dying every sixty seconds. India is among the five countries (along with Pakistan, Nigeria, Congo and Ethiopia) responsible for half of all new-born deaths in the world, according to a UN report.

Through Oxfam's work fighting poverty around the world, we've seen the devastating impact that missing out on education, or medical treatment, or even the basics like clean water and sanitation, can have on a person’s life.

We can be the generation to ensure hundreds of millions of people have a fair chance of overcoming poverty. Essential to that is fair taxes being paid where profits are made.

 

Why did Oxfam make this film?

 

We made this film to build public support for a solution to the problem of widespread tax avoidance that costs developing countries, including India, $100bn a year – money that could pay for vital services like hospitals and schools. We’re asking people to share the video and let tax dodging not be a reason for another child’s death in India.

 

What do you want the public to do?

We’re asking people to share the video with their friends and family, to raise awareness about the problem of widespread tax avoidance that see developing countries deprived of vital funds that could be used for hospitals and schools. We’re also asking people to demand the Government of India to stop corporate tax avoidance.

 

What does Oxfam want Indian government to do

Indians don't generally debate the health policy. It allows the government to get away without providing quality healthcare and spending abysmal amount on healthcare. India spends about 1.3 percent of its GDP on health (the global average is 5.99 percent), and while an annual survey analyses economic progress, its health data is released only once a decade. It’s estimated that each year 2.34 percent of the GDP is lost to tax dodging, an amount that is sufficient to achieve free health coverage for all Indians. We want the government to take strict action against corporates that avoid taxes, so that revenue losses can be chanelled towards providing free health care for all. 

 

Give us a missed call on 70977 70977 and support this campaign to stop tax robbery now.

 


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