EXEMPT SANITIZERS FROM GST: CPI
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India issued the following statement today (on July 16, 2020) urging the government to exempt hand sanitizers from GST:
The National Secretariat of the Communist Party of India finds that the levying of 18 per cent GST on sanitiser is an unwise move. This will subject the poor and the toiling masses to further hardships, who have already lost their livelihood due to COVID-19. The country is still suffering badly from the pandemic and the vaccine is not yet ready. The only remedies at hand now for the poor are sanitization and physical distancing.
The Party accuses the government of being cruel and insensitive to the people by imposing GST on such a life-saving remedy. The Party therefore urges the central government to exempt sanitisers from GST and also to make use of PM CARES Fund for free supply of sanitisers, masks and other health care materials.