Get-hooked June 28, 2017
Support the campaign – #RollbackGST4PwDs!
There is a growing outcry against the Centre’s move to levy a 5% tax on all items for people with disabilities. The GST Council has proposed a levy of 5% GST on all items for PwD, and items like Braille typewriters and carriages for the physically disabled face a tax between 15-18%.
These are assistive aids and appliances which are of absolute necessity for persons with disabilities. Activists say this move goes against the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 that provides for equal rights, opportunities and non-discrimination.
Various disability groups have sent representations to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as well as finance ministers in states. The next meeting of the GST Council is scheduled for 30 June, and it is time to raise awareness about the need to take away this proposal. Send letters, faxes, emails or just a Tweet and a Facebook post tagging the Prime Minister’s Office, Finance Minister, Additional Secretary, GST Council and the Department for People with Disabilities.
Join the campaign by the National Centre for Promotion of Employment of Disabled People – ‘Rollback GST for Persons with Disabilities’ (#RollbackGST4PwDs).
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