Rahul Gandhi demands GST exemption on all COVID-19 related equipment

The Youth Congress had launched a campaign separately demanding that GST should not be charged on equipment related to COVID-19

Rahul Gandhi is a part of the 11-member consultative group, headed by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss matters related to COVID-19.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday (April 20) urged the government to waive Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all COVID-19-related equipment saying it was “wrong” on part of the government to charge GST on sanitisers, soaps and masks.

“Amid the COVID-19 crisis, we have been constantly demanding GST exemption on all small, big equipment related to management of this pandemic,” Gandhi tweeted.

“It is wrong to collect GST on sanitisers, soaps, masks, gloves etc. from the people who are suffering from disease and poverty. We will stand by our demand of #GSTFreeCorona,” he said.

Gandhi attached a list of items which included the GST charges government. According to the list, 18 per cent GST is levied on sanitisers, liquid hand wash and furniture such as hospital beds and examination tables, 12 per cent on blood test strips, medical grade oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, and 5 per cent on masks, diagnostic kits and some life saving drugs including vaccines.

The Youth Congress had launched a campaign separately demanding that GST should not be charged on equipment related to coronavirus.

Last week, in a press conference held via video-conferencing, Rahul Gandhi had said the government’s COVID-19 testing is not up to the mark, and is neither strategic.

“Lockdown is neither a solution, nor a treatment. Therefore, we must come out from the lockdown phase. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s role should be to empower the states,” he said.

Describing the current situation as “emergency”, Gandhi said it’s important that the COVID-19 fight is taken to the district level. “We are in a very serious situation. People of India and parties need to work together,” he said.

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