As India fights the outbreak of deadly coronavirus, the medical fraternity on Monday has requested the government to consider the withdrawal of GST on hand sanitisers and masks during the difficult times. According to President of Indian Medical Association’s (IMA) Delhi branch Sandeep Sharma, hospitals, ambulance, nursing, and support staff desperately require sanitisers, masks, and other protective equipment in bulk.
According to him, they are paying 18 per cent GST on sanitisers and 5 per cent on masks and other items. Stating that it would be a relief to the medical practitioners, Sharma stated that it would be a relief if GST is not levied on the equipment.
Meanwhile, President of the Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) Roy K George appealed to all the state governments to ensure an urgent and smooth supply of the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and other essential products in order to combat the spread of the deadly virus.