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The 44th GST Council met under the Chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman via video conferencing today i.e. 12th day of June 2021, Saturday, via video conferencing in New Delhi.

Union minister of state (MoS) for finance Anurag Thakur and finance ministers of states and Union territories (UTs) also attended the virtual meeting, which was held to finalise modalities to compensate states for their revenue shortfall of Rs 2.35 lakh crore in the current financial year.

Proposal at this meeting

To reduce the GST rates on the specified items being used in Covid-19 relief and management like hand sanitisers, face masks, gloves, PPE Kits, temperature scanners and others and to take a decision on relief in respect of COVID-19 related individual items based on the report of Group of Ministers.

44th GST Council Meeting highlights dated 12th June 2021

Previous Meeting (43rd GST Council Meeting) 

The 43rd GST Council Meeting was held on the 29th day of May 2021, where the GST Council referred the decision over the tax rates on COVID vaccines to a group of ministers (GoM) and took several decision to help the industries affected by Covid-19. The Council had also decided in previous meeting to reduce the compliance burden of small taxpayers and medium-sized taxpayers and recommended an amnesty scheme for reducing late fee payable, to provide relief to small taxpayers. 

44th GST COUNCIL MEETING KEY HIGHLIGHTS 

  1. The tax rate on ventilators, medical grade oxygen, COVID-19 testing kits, oxygen concentrators and BiPAP machine have been brought down to 5 percent from 12 percent at present.
  2. The GST on anti-coagulants like Heparin, high flow nasal canula (HFNC) device and pulse oximeters has been reduced to 5 percent from 12 percent at present.
  3. The GST on hand sanitisers and temperature check equipment has been reduced to five percent from 18 percent at present.
  4. 5% GST on vaccines will stay.
  5. "GST rates have been decided for 4 categories of products- medicines, oxygen, oxygen-generation equipment, testing kits and other machines and other COVID19 related relief material.
  6. GST Council approved all recommendations of GoM on rate rationalisation.GST on ambulances reduced to 12 percent.
  7. The Centre will buy the 75 per cent vaccine as announced and will pay its GST too. But 70 per cent of income from GST will be shared with States. 
 

The details of recommendations on GST Rates are given below

S. No.

Description

Present GST Rate

GST Rate recommended by GST Council

A. 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%

B. 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%

C. 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%

D. 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%

 

Validity of this revised rates

 

The new rates will remain in effect till September 30, 2021, and can be extended further upon nearing the deadline.


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