GST Council Meeting 2021: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is chairing the 44th good and services tax (GST) council meeting on Saturday, June 12, through video conferencing. According to the Ministry of Finance, the meeting is attended by Anurag Thakur, Minister of State for Finance, along with finance ministers and senior officials of the states and union territories. The meeting is expected to decide on tax cuts for COVID-19 essential items such as medical grade oxygen, hand sanitisers, pulse oximeters, ventilators, oxygen concentrators, as well as black fungus medicine. (Also Read: GST Council Meet: Tax Cut On COVID Essentials, Black Fungus Medicine On Agenda )
Finance Minister Smt. @nsitharaman chairing the 44th GST Council meeting via video conferencing in New Delhi today. MOS Shri. @ianuragthakur, Finance Ministers of States & UTs and Senior officers from Union Government & States are also present in the meeting. pic.twitter.com/ZpT5NVE3pD
— Ministry of Finance (@FinMinIndia) June 12, 2021
In its previous meeting on May 28, the GST Council referred the decision over the tax rates on COVID vaccines to a group of ministers (GoM). The GST Council meeting will discuss the report of the GOM tomorrow, headed by Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, on GST concessions on COVID-19 essential items such as medical grade oxygen, hand sanitisers, pulse oximeters, ventilators, among others. The ministers also discussed drugs, vaccines, medicines for the treatment of COVID-19, and testing kits for detection.