Maharashtra Finance Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday wrote to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asking for exemption of Goods and Service Tax (GST) on medical equipment required to combat Covid-19. He asked for an exemption for equipment like a 3-ply mask, N95 mask, personal protective equipment(PPE), testing kits, and ventilators. In his letter to Sitharaman, Ajit Pawar said that the state government has received requests from corporate and NGOs to exempt COVID-19 outbreak-related medical equipment from the GST.
"Therefore, to make them readily available, it is required to consider the exemption on this medical equipment. Exemptions of GST on medical equipment would be highly helpful in combating the novel coronavirus in the country," the letter read. Ajit Pawar told the Union minister that the number of Covid-19 patients was increasing day by day in Maharashtra.
He said the mantra of 'trace, track, test and treat' was being followed to fight the coronavirus outbreak. By Friday evening, the state had reported a total of 490 cases of novel coronavirus with 26 deaths. IndiaToday. In has plenty of useful resources that can help you better understand the coronavirus pandemic and protect yourself. Read our comprehensive guide (with information on how the virus spreads, precautions, and symptoms), watch an expert debunk myths, check out our data analysis of cases in India, and access our dedicated coronavirus page. Get the latest updates on our live blog.
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