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'Insensitive' Centre Must Roll Back 'Disability Tax' Under GST, Demands Rahul Gandhi

"Modi Government has abandoned those who need its support the most."

03/07/2017 2:50 PM IST | Updated 03/07/2017 2:50 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday called on the 'insensitive' Centre to roll back the 'disability tax' under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, stressing that it would lead the disabled people through further hardship.

"Congress Party demands a full roll back of this 'disability tax' that will put millions of our disabled people through further hardship," Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

Venting his ire on the Union Government, Rahul said that GST on disability aids like wheelchairs and Braille typewriters shows Centre's insensitivity toward the most vulnerable faction.

The Indian National Congress also said in a tweet that Modi Government has abandoned those who need its support the most by rolling out the GST hastily.

The GST on Braille typewriters and papers, carriages for the disabled and wheelchairs and other assistive devices have been fixed at rates varying between 5 to 18 percent.

As per rates approved by the GST Council, 18% tax has been imposed on Braille typewriters, 12% on Braille paper, five per cent on carriages for the disabled, wheelchairs and assistive devices, and 12% of hearing aids.

Prior to the new uniform tax regime, which was rolled out on July 1, these goods were exempt from any custom and excise duty.

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