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School boy bats for removal of GST on equipment for divyang

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A student of a city-based school has launched an seeking removal of GST levied on the equipment, including wheelchairs, crutches and hearing aides, used by divyang people.

Eleven-year-old boy, Mehaan Doshi, a student of Class V of Hill Spring International School, started the petition on last week.

Mehaan took up the initiative after he met Nipun Malhotra, who works for the rights of persons with disabilities.

So far, the petition has been signed by over 11,500 people and Doshi intends to submit the final draft of petition to the and

"For persons with disabilities, their equipments like wheelchairs, crutches, hearing aids etc. are important for their basic mobility and survival. Unfortunately, these equipments are taxed, and make basic-living expensive for these persons with disabilities," the petition said.

"Even today, most disability equipment, which includes and rehabilitation aids for physically challenged persons, falls under the 5 per cent GST Rate. Which is why, I am asking the GST Council, Government of India, to drop the GST Tax amount on from five per cent to zero per cent," his petition said.

Mehaan said that after meeting Malhotra, he chose the subject 'Disability Discrimination' for a school project, so that he could highlight the ordeal faced by divyang people.

Mehaan's mother, Tanaz Doshi, an entrepreneur, said that he has taken pictures at various stations and other public places, where divyang people find it hard to move as these places are not disabled-friendly.

"All the government agencies should make such places divyang-friendly on a priority basis," she said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, April 10 2019. 21:30 IST