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43rd GST Council meeting today: Priyanka Gandhi asks Centre to remove GST from life-saving medicines, equipment

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Priyanka Gandhi GST councilImposing GST on important medical merchandise like oxygen, ventilators, vaccines and medicines throughout a pandemic is merciless and insensitive, stated Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Congress basic secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at present stated that the Centre ought to take away GST imposed on life-saving medicines and significant gear getting used within the battle towards COVID-19. Sharing an inventory of things and with the GST charges imposed on them, she stated that it’s merciless and insensitive to cost GST on such items. “Imposing GST on important medical merchandise like oxygen, ventilators, vaccines and medicines throughout a pandemic is merciless and insensitive. In at present’s GST Council meet, the federal government ought to take away GST from all life-saving medicines and gear which can be getting used to combat Covid,” she stated in a tweet.

The listing contains objects like sanitiser, hand wash, cleaning soap, surgical rubber gloves, disinfectants, thermometer, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, medical oxygen cylin][=ders, remdesivir and different COVID medication, COVID-19 testing kits, PPE kits, face masks and vaccines.

All state finance ministers participate within the GST council assembly chaired by the Union Finance Minister. States like Chhattisgarh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Maharashtra, Kerala, West Bengal and Jharkhand had already devised a method to push the demand for a zero tax on COVID-19 necessities objects.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chaired the forty third GST Council assembly by way of video conferencing at 11 am at present. The council met for the primary time in practically eight months. It might be famous {that a} discount within the tax charges on Covid medication, vaccines and medical gear was already on the agenda at present.

FM Sitharaman had earlier dominated out a lower on GST imposed on COVID-19 medicines, vaccines and oxygen concentrators saying that the exemption will make the objects costlier for customers as firms received’t have the ability to offset the taxes paid on inputs.

The Finance Ministry has knowledgeable that Nirmala Sitharaman shall be holding a media briefing at 7 pm at present. i.e. Might 28 on the outcomes of the forty third GST Council assembly.

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