According to the latest news till August 20, around 223 people have been lost their life due to this devastating flood. On this Monday, Piyush Goyal, the finance minister of India has declared in a tweet, about the reduction of taxes from all kind of imported and supplied goods in devastated Kerala. On the microblogging site Twitter, Mr. Goyal said “India stands in 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”.
The central government charged IGST on the inter-state-supplied services and goods. This IGST stands for the specific Integrated Goods and Service Tax.
The renowned news agency, Press Trust of India has reported that this special reduction notification will be issued on Tuesday. The PTI sources have stated that according to the updated sources the notification will be placed later in the next conference of GST council.
The validity of this tax exemption notification will remain till 31st December 2018.
Pinarayi Vijayan, the chief minister of Kerala sends a written application to the Union Finance Minister, with a humble request of the overall general tax exemption every kind of customs duty and IGST on any shipments which is being imported from the abroad for smooth relief operation in this flood-devastated state.
Minimum thousand people have still trapped in five villages around Chengannur, a town of Alappuzha.
All kind of effective efforts and rescue operations are still on for urgent restoring of essential services and making available the sufficient relief to the victims.
The source authorities of PTI has informed that phone connectivity has been urgently restored in 90 percent flood affected area in Kerala, as well as adequate fuel and sufficient feedstuff for the animal is also arranged in the victim areas.