COVID-19: Telangana govt requests Centre to remove tax on medicines, medical equipment

South India

Telangana government on Friday requested the Centre to remove the tax on medicines and medical equipment manufactured in India as the country deals with the surging cases of COVID-19.


Telangana Health Minister Eatela Rajendra appealed to Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to make medicines and medical equipment manufactured in India tax-free.

Telangana Health Minister also requested to remove the tax on imported medicines.

Rajendra further demanded to provide Telangana with N95 masks, PPE kits, testing kits as soon as possible.

The minister also informed that 85 per cent of COVID-19 cases reported in Telangana are linked to Nizamuddin Markaz.

As many as 471 coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Telangana so far.

Today, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao is slated to hold a cabinet meeting at Pragathi Bhavan to discuss the prevailing situation due to COVID-19. The meeting is scheduled to take place at 3 pm.

According to the Telangana Chief Minister's Office, the cabinet is also likely to hold a discussion on the possibility of extending the lockdown period as the cases of COVID-19 are rising in the country.

Other issues such as assistance to poor in the state, procurement of the agriculture produce and farmer's loss due to hailstorm are also on the agenda.


With inputs from ANI

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