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Youth Congress chief Srinivas urges Centre to remove GST on Covid-19 drugs

Indian Youth Congress national president B V Srinivas on Friday urged the Centre to waive GST on all drugs meant for treating  Covid-19 patients.

Published: 29th May 2021 05:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2021 11:11 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

SHIVAMOGGA: Indian Youth Congress national president B V Srinivas urged the Centre to remove Goods and Services Tax (GST) on all drugs meant for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. He questioned the levy of GST on the drugs at a time when the people are short of money.

Srinivas told reporters here on Friday that India is the one of the biggest manufacturers of vaccines for COVID-19. "Unfortunately, there is unavailability of vaccines for our people. The vaccine produced here is being exported to other countries. The government is negligent towards the health of the people," he alleged.

The IYC president said that the second wave of COVID-19 has shaken India badly and that the third wave is beginning to spread. "Still, the government is not serious about it. The government should immediately discuss preventive measures with experts. We should be ready to face the third wave," he said.  

He said that Congress is committed to serving the public and hence it is distributing food to people across the country.

When asked about him being lauded across the country for supplying oxygen, medicines and arranging beds for COVID-19 patients, Srinivas said that it was party leader Rahul Gandhi who was his inspiration. "Gandhi had held a meeting with us on March 1 last year and had asked us to come to the rescue of people. We are working as per his direction," he said.

IYC national secretary D M Sandeep said that BJP MP Tejasvi Surya should learn from Srinivas in managing the COVID crisis. Srinivas distributed food kits, isolation kits and immunity boosters to people and flagged off ambulance services called 'Congress Cares' on the occasion.



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