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Recommendations of 44th GST Council Meeting: Change in GST Rates on goods being used in Covid-19 relief and management

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The 44th GST Council met under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Nirmala Sitharaman through video conferencing here today. The Council in its meeting has decided to reduce the GST rates on the specified items being used in Covid-19 relief and management till 30th September, 2021.

The meeting was also attended by Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur besides Finance Ministers of States & UTs and senior officers of the Ministry of Finance & States/ UTs.

The details of recommendations are given below :

S. No. Description Present GST Rate GST Rate recommended by GST Council
  1. Medicines
1. Tocilizumab 5% Nil
2. Amphotericin B 5% Nil
3. Anti-Coagulants like Heparin 12% 5%
4. Remdesivir 12% 5%
5. Any other drug recommended by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) and Dept. of Pharma (DoP) for Covid treatment Applicable Rate

 

5%
  1. Oxygen, Oxygen generation equipment and related medical devices
1. Medical Grade Oxygen 12% 5%
2. Oxygen Concentrator/ Generator, including personal imports thereof 12% 5%
3. Ventilators 12% 5%
4. Ventilator masks / canula / helmet 12% 5%
5. BiPAP Machine 12% 5%
6. High flow nasal canula (HFNC) device 12% 5%
  1. Testing Kits and Machines
1. Covid Testing Kits 12% 5%
2. Specified Inflammatory Diagnostic Kits, namely D-Dimer, IL-6, Ferritin and LDH 12% 5%
  1. Other Covid-19 related relief material
1. Pulse Oximeters, incl personal imports thereof 12% 5%
2. Hand Sanitizer 18% 5%
3. Temperature check equipment 18% 5%
4. Gas/Electric/other furnaces for crematorium, including their installation, etc. 18% 5%
5. Ambulances 28% 12%

These rate reductions/exemptions shall remain in force upto 30th September 2021.

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