Make foreign aid to J&K duty free: Omar

September 19, 2014 03:13 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 11:28 pm IST - Srinagar

Omar Abdullah

Omar Abdullah

With foreign countries announcing aid for the flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, the state government on Friday said it would ask the Centre to waive Customs duty on relief material.

“I will take up this matter (customs duty on aid equipment from abroad) with the Centre,” Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said.

The Chief Minister said that he would ask the Centre to waive Customs duty on relief material, particularly medical equipment, coming for rehabilitation of the flood victims in the state.

Mr. Abdullah said his government has already waived taxes on all relief material entering the state.

The UAE government had on Wednesday announced that it would send urgent humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in Jammu and Kashmir. Australia too had on Thursday provided Rs 15 lakh for the victims of flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir, where millions of people have been affected by the worst floods in over a century.

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