Rahul Gandhi terms ‘disability tax’ under GST insensitive, demands its rollback

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

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 3, 2017 2:09 pm
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Attacking the Centre for the introduction of the ‘disability tax’ under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demanding its complete rollback, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday said the Centre was “insensitive” towards the most vulnerable people. He said the tax will put millions of the differently abled people through further hardships.

“GST on disability aids like wheelchairs & Braille typewriters once again shows this govt’s complete insensitivity towards our most vulnerable. Congress demands a full roll back of this ‘disability tax’ that will put millions of our disabled people through further hardship,” tweeted Rahul.

GST on Braille typewriters and papers, carriages for the disabled and wheelchairs and other assistive devices have been fixed at rates varying between 5 and 18 per cent. As per the rates approved by the GST council, 18 per cent tax has been imposed on Braille typewriters, 12 per cent on Braille paper, five per cent on carriages for the disabled, wheelchairs and assistive devices, and 12 per cent on 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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    THATHAMAN
    Jul 4, 2017 at 6:52 am
    RAHUL GANDHI IS 100 percent right. roll back is a MUST
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      HRS Bhagi
      Jul 3, 2017 at 7:12 pm
      RG is right this time. However, the rates have been finalised after several deliberations in GST council meetings, of which, I believe finance ministers from Congress ruled states also parti ted. There are several things which needs to be amended. In any new system, there will be some drawbacks, which needs to be corrected. Finding fault will not help, instead constructive suggestions would definitely go a long way in improving he system.
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        Sreedhar
        Jul 3, 2017 at 6:29 pm
        there is an army of RSS mercenaries on social media, who are trained trained only to bark to RG, the moment they see his shade. you can't protect NOMO by barking at RG. Nomo need to prove he can walk the talk, which is not happening. Where is the black money he promised ? where is the swach Bharat he promised ? where is the job he promised ? what about the corruption situation , are you experiencing anything ? what about the security situation ? Two major boarders of India, Pak china, looks more troubled than anytime in the history of India. what's happening in Kashmir and within India in the name of beef,cow etc ?
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          SubbuI
          Jul 4, 2017 at 6:49 am
          Sreedharan, YOU are absolutely right when you said the RSS paid trolls and blind Bhakths start r their abuse the moment RG or PC 's Shaddow is seen,SHAME PM THEM
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          Darkhorse
          Jul 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm
          He is right this time.
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            Ashutosh V Divecha
            Jul 3, 2017 at 4:43 pm
            RG where were you and your party when so many rounds of meetings took place for setting up rates and rules of GST ? Did nobody from your party attend these meetings ? Did they submit their views in that meeting - Just stop making issues and get some life
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              K.Jayakrishnan
              Jul 3, 2017 at 4:54 pm
              exactly. where was this guy when his congress ruled state Finance minsisters were making the rules in the GST council? what does he take the public for?
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              BM
              Jul 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm
              Babua "demands its rollback". "Demands" ? What he thinks, he is some extra cons utional head with supreme authority to "demand" ? He should get worried for his seat in 2019, he may become unemployed.
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                Karuna
                Jul 3, 2017 at 4:22 pm
                LOOKS LIKE RAHUL IS THE ONLY ONE WITH GUTS TO COUNTER MODI AND AT LEAST SPEAK OUT FEARLESSLY. ALL OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES WITH EXCEPTION TO A COUPLE OF THEM ARE ONE-BY-ONE BECOMING BJP BHAKTS JUST FOR THEIR OWN SURVIVAL AND HUNGER FOR POWER. SHAME ON SUCH PARTIES WHO MAKE PEOPLE VOTE FOR THEM AND THEN FOLLOW ANOTHER MASTER.....SHAME !!
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                Sameer
                Jul 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                RG's demand make sense. Government should immediately roll back GST on disability aids. Let's not do politics on every issue. What is right is right.
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                  Manas Sarkar
                  Jul 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm
                  Pappu , a big disable burden on Indian, you don't know this tax was decided keeping u in mind...
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                    Judith Fernandes
                    Jul 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm
                    How can the disabled be taxed instead of being supported and encouraged in every way ? You are disgusting. Rahul Gandhi has said the right thing.
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