Conrad Sangma led GoM to examine GST concessions on Covid relief material

An eight-member ministerial panel under Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma will examine the issue of GST concessions and exemption to Covid relief material.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma has been named as the Convenor of the GoM which is constituted of a total of eight members including Deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat Nitinbhai Patel, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar, Transport Minister of Goa Mauvin Godinho and State Finance Ministers of Kerala, Odisha, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
This ministerial panel will examine the need for exempting GST or cutting the rate on Covid essentials like vaccines, drugs, hand sanitisers, masks, PPE kits and oxygen-related equipment.
The 43rd GST Council in its meeting on May 28 had decided to set up a Group of Ministers (GoM), which will submit its report by June 8.
As per its terms of reference (ToR), the GoM would examine whether a GST rate cut or exemption would be required for medical grade oxygen, pulse oximeters, hand sanitisers, oxygen therapy equipment like concentrators, ventilators, PPE kits, N-95 and surgical masks and temperature checking equipment.
Besides, the panel would also look into Covid vaccines, drugs and medicines for Covid treatment and testing kits for Covid detection.