Adopt Transparent Methods In Your Deductions And Charges-ASEPA To TELCOS
Alliance For Social Equity And Public Accountability(ASEPA) has sighted Press Statement from the Ghana Telecommunications Chamber seeking to withdraw the current upfront deduction of the CST and replacing it with a price increase to pass on the tax.
“First of all we are disappointed that the Chamber has given in to government’s pressure to hide the new increment in CST.
We believe this would not be in the best interest of consumers because as consumers we expect some level of transparency in the charges for using telecommunications services, just like we get an update on the price components of every item we purchase on the receipt.
For purposes of transparency and accountability we shall rally consumers to reject this and other approaches that is not transparent and do not give the consumer a comprehensive breakdown of his charges including the CST”. Said by Mr.Mensah Thompson,Executive Director,ASEPA.
Already consumers have made serious complains about how their credit of data purchased disappears or gets exhausted under strange circumstances, now allowing telcos to hide the CST and absorb through their charges can aid the Telcos in cheating consumers without their knowledge.
This is only a victory for government but the poor consumer is the one who would suffer greater consequences.
We therefore urge the Telcos to find other transparent means of implementing the CST increment that keeps the cusumer on the know instead of the price absorption module as put out by the Telcos Chamber.