People with Disabilities Claim GST Exemption on Prosthetic Limbs | Dehradun News

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DEHRADUN: People with disabilities in Uttarakhand have contacted the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment to request an exemption from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on prosthetic limbs.
They handed a memorandum to the Speaker of the Uttarakhand Assembly, Premchand Aggawal, to forward to the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, demanding a 5-10% exemption, that they would be required to pay a once the new tax regime came into effect, sources said.
According to them, the cost of prosthetic limbs will likely increase by up to 10% after the implementation of the GST, which will negatively affect the elderly, young children and the poor.
According to persons with disabilities, tax on artificial limbs, supportive devices such as belts, stirrups and orthodontic appliances; and mobility aids such as crutches, wheelchairs and canes will mean they will have to lead compromised lives.
The request was made after people with disabilities noted that hearing aids had been excluded from the scope of the GST, while the tax was levied on all other items.
Sonia Arora, President of the Disabled People’s Association, Uttarakhand, said: “Uttarakhand has around 1.85 lakh of people with disabilities, of whom 37,500 are hard of hearing and 37,000 have a movement-related disability. on prosthetic limbs will leave us crippled for life. We will either start using inexpensive prosthetic limbs or not use them at all. We are sure this will only deteriorate our quality of life. “
“There are nearly 2.68 million disabled people in India, and the Disabled People’s Association hopes the government will keep prostheses out of the scope of the GST,” Arora added.
Dr Vijay Kumar Nautiyal, a city-based prosthetist, said: “It will be demoralizing for people with disabilities to pay 10% more taxes. The government should realize that the concept of prosthetic surgery is not popular among Indians as it is in the western world.

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