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CTI letter to PM Modi, demand for mask-sanitizer free of GST

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CTI letter to PM Modi, demand for mask-sanitizer free of GST

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Demand to free GST of equipment used against Corona

Businessmen’s organization CTI wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

There is a continuous increase in the cases of coronavirus in the country.  There is currently no vaccine to treat Kovid-19.  Meanwhile, the traders’ organization CTI has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded the removal of GST on essential equipment.

Due to the absence of a corona vaccine, protecting itself is seen as the biggest treatment.  Wearing masks, washing hands with sanitizer or handwash, etc. have been advised to protect yourself.  However, GST is also levied on these goods, which have been demanded to be removed.

Letter written to PM Modi  Demand from PM Modi Chamber of Trade and Industry (CTI) Convenor Brijesh Goyal has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi.  Through the letter, there has been a demand from PM Modi that GST is also being imposed on medicines and equipment related to Corona which is not appropriate.  Therefore, medicines and equipment related to corona should be exempted from GST.

Brijesh Goyal said in the letter that at present, the whole country is suffering from a severe epidemic like Corona and in this hour of crisis, 6 crore of the country and 1.5 million traders of Delhi are fully standing with the government.

It has been told in the letter that GST is also being imposed on some major things fighting Corona.  Of these, 18 percent GST is being levied on sanitizer, liquid hand wash, and hospital administration.  PPE kits, ventilators, gloves, and blood test strips attract GST at the rate of 12 percent.  Apart from this, 5 percent GST is being imposed on the mask.

According to the CTI, during this difficult time of Kovid-19, traders are constantly demanding from the central government that all small and big equipment and medicines related to the treatment of this epidemic should be exempted from GST.  Also, the CTI believes that it is wrong to take GST on sanitizers, soaps, masks, gloves etc. from the people struggling with disease and poverty.

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