Process GST concession of visually impaired man

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The Madras high court has directed the Centre to process the application by a visually impaired man seeking GST concession for purchasing a car.

The court was hearing the petition filed by K Paranthaman of Nagercoil in Kanyakumari district. The petitioner who is 100% visually impaired was working as a PG assistant teacher in a government school.

The petitioner had submitted an application in the official website of ministry of heavy industries and public enterprise seeking to extend the benefit of GST concession for purchasing a car, however, it was rejected on the ground that such concession was available only to people with orthopaedic disability. Challenging the same, the petitioner filed the present petition in 2021.

The Centre submitted that ministry of social justice and empowerment (department of empowerment of persons with disabilities) had constituted a committee to explore the possibility of extending the benefits of GST concession to all 21 categories of people living with disabilities for purchase of motor vehicles. It was further submitted that the recommendations made by the committee would be accepted and given effect to.

Taking cognizance of the submissions, justice M Sundar said that this court deems it appropriate to record that this would now be the position to obtain concession for all 21 categories of people with disabilities, with regard to purchase of motor vehicles. Disposing of the petition, the judge directed the Centre to process the petitioner’s application before January 31.

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