To aid further relief to the flood-stricken Kerala, the interim finance minister made a call to charge no IGST or integrated goods and services tax plus customs duty on goods supplied ot imported to Kerala as part of restoration operation in the state. And as per the PTI report citing sources, the notification to this effect shall be made public on Wednesday.
In a tweet, the railways and now interim finance minister Piyush Goyal said, "India stands with Kerala in this hour of need. Central Government is exempting basic customs duty and IGST for the consignments of aid and relief materials being dispatched or imported from abroad for the affected people". Also, he cleared the air regarding the availability of such tax exemption on imported or supplied goods till December 31st.
The call has been made after the Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan asked for a general exemption of customs duty and a waiver on IGST for providing the much needed relief to the hard-hit state of Kerala.