The drugs used for cancer and kidney treatment, and medical equipment for dialysis in Maharashtra may continue to be exempted from all taxes even after the roll out of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
State finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has written to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley and has sought GST exemption for specific cancer and kidney treatment medicines which were already exempted under value added tax (VAT) in the state.
“Within a year of BJP coming into power, I took a decision to do away with taxes on medicines and equipment used for cancer, kidney diseases and dialysis,” said Mungantiwar. “We had enlisted over 108 medicines which were under exemption in state. GST will be introduced from July 1. We are now demanding that the exemption shall still continue to stay on these medicines and equipment under GST.”
“The recommendation, when it comes into force, will be applied on medicine and equipment sold under a generic name or a brand name,” the minister added. “I am hopeful that the central government will agree to my recommendation and might give a waiver.”
Times of India, 26 January 2017