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GST rates on disability aids unacceptable: Abidi

Jul 12, 2017

According to NCPDEP almost all appliances that disabled people use such as a wheelchair, or a braille typewriter or a hearing aid will become at least 5% more expensive.

New Delhi: The disabled community in India is up in arms against the newly unveiled Goods and Services Tax (GST) that will lead to exorbitant rise in the prices of aids and appliances for the specially-abled.

Demanding a roll back of GST rates the community organised a candle light vigil in New Delhi at Jantar Mantar.

The beginning of July in India ushered into a very sad and dark period, similar to what it was in the pre-2006 times, where simple and much necessary aids and appliances meant for the use of people with disabilities are taxed by the government.

A Delhi based nonprofit, National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPDEP), feels that is very unjust of the government to tax such items that are indispensable to the well being of the disabled people.

“Which decent society would tax crutches, wheelchairs, braille typewriters, and hearing aids?,” says Javed Abidi of NCPDEP.

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