Reconsider 18 pc GST on group medical insurance for bank retirees: D Raja urges Sitharaman

CPI general secretary said this comes to about Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per year, burdening these senior citizens.

Published: 11th October 2019 06:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th October 2019 06:57 PM   |  A+A-

CPI National Secretary D Raja will visit the state

CPI General Secretary D Raja (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: CPI general secretary D Raja on Friday wrote to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman urging her to reconsider the 18 per cent GST on the annual Group Health Insurance Policy of retired bank employees.

He said this comes to about Rs 4,000 to Rs 5,000 per year, burdening these senior citizens.

"For the in-service employees, the premium is paid by the bank management and hence employees do not feel the burden, but in the case of the retired staff, the premium and the GST on it are paid by these senior citizens," Raja said in his letter.

"The rate of premium itself is going up every year and hence this 18 per cent GST on it is a big financial burden on them (senior citizens)," he said.

"Looking to the genuine plight of these senior citizens, I strongly urge upon you to reconsider the matter and remove the premium paid on Group Health Insurance Scheme from the GST list," he said.

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