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Coronavirus | Mamata Banerjee urges PM Modi to waive taxes, duties on medical equipments, drugs

West Bengal chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the Speaker's election in the State Legislative Assembly, in Kolkata, Saturday, May 8, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider exempting organisations, agencies and individuals supplying equipment and drugs related to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic from customs duty and other Central taxes.

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“A large number of organizations, individuals and benevolent agencies have come forward to donate oxygen concentrators, cylinders, cryogenic storage tank, tankers and tank containers and COVID related drugs. Donations from these organizations will greatly supplement the efforts of state government in meeting the huge gap in demand and supply,” the Chief Minister wrote in a letter addressed to the Prime Minister.

She added in the communication that “many of the donors and agencies have approached the State government to consider exemptions of these items from customs duty/ SGST/CGST/IGST” (State Goods and Services Tax, Central Goods and Services Tax, Integrated Goods and Services Tax).

“As the rate structure falls under the preview of the Central government, I would request that these items may be exempted GST/Customs duty and other such duty and taxes to help remove supply constraints of above mentioned drugs and equipment and contribute to effective management of COVID pandemic,” the letter added.

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Ms. Banerjee also pointed out that everyone, including the State government, is “trying its best to face new challenges and making all efforts to channeling resources from different sources, including ensuring availability of life saving drugs and oxygen for Covid treatment” in the event of sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in general and also in West Bengal.

Over the past few days, the Chief Minister has written letters to the Prime Minister to ensure the medical oxygen required for the State is not diverted to other parts of the country.

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