Madras HC notice to Centre on plea on GST on masks

Madras HC issues notice to Centre on plea seeking removal of GST on masks

Women wearing facemasks sit in front closed shops during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai on April 21, 2020. Credit: AFP Photo

The Madras High Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Union government on a PIL seeking removal of the 18 per cent GST on sanitisers and 5 per cent GST on masks in these difficult times due to the COVID-19 pandemic or at least for next few months.

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A division bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Nirmal Kumar posted the matter for further hearing to May 18. Petitioner S Stalinraja, an advocate, submitted that certain ingredients are taxable. "...still in these difficult times or at least for next few months if GST not levied on sanitisers and masks it would be a big relief for the people in our country."

He stated that 23 per cent of the population in India are under poverty line and not in a position to afford essential goods such as masks and sanitisers.