“People with physical or mental disability are not only among the most deprived human beings in the world, they are also, frequently enough, the most neglected”
Prof Amartya Sen , Leading Economist and Nobel Laureate, keynote at the World Bank
Sadly, the statement remains largely true in the popular discourse for disability development in India. In a shocking move, the GST Council has decided to completely neglect the needs of citizens with disability and impose tax ranging from 5% to 18% across a range of assistive products including aids, appliances, prosthesis and technologies used by people with disabilities. All these items were earlier exempt from VAT and Customs Duty.