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Group of Ministers to suggest GST relief for Covid materials

Shillong, June 3: The Group of Ministers headed by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma will submit its recommendations to the Centre for GST concession and exemption on Covid relief material within June 8.

Sangma chaired the first meeting of GoM via video conferencing here on Thursday.

The eight-member GoM was constituted by the Finance Ministry to examine the need for GST concession/exemption and make recommendations on Covid-19 vaccines, drugs and medicines.

The other items include medical grade oxygen, pulse oximeters, hand sanitizers, oxygen therapy equipment such as concentrators, generators and ventilators, PPE kits, N95 and surgical masks, among other things.

The other members of the group are Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Goa Minister for Transport & Pachayati Raj, Housing, Protocol and Legislative Affairs Mauvin Godinho, Kerala Minister for Finance KN Balagopal, Telangana Minister for Finance T Harish Rao and UP Minister for Finance Suresh Kr Khanna.

Sangma said he would finalise the minutes of the meeting and the report within a day or two.

“We are happy with the recommendations and we are hopeful that they will be accepted by the GST Council, which will take a decision on this,” he added.

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