HC orders Center to process request of man with visual impairment

Taking note of a report submitted by the Center on the recommendations made for the goods and services tax relief certificate for the 21 categories of persons with disabilities with regard to the purchase of motor vehicles, the Madurai of the Madras High Court ordered the Center to process the application of a Kanniyakumari man.

The court was hearing a motion filed by K. Paranthaman of Nagercoil who works as a PG assistant in a public school. The petitioner stated that he was 100% visually impaired. He wanted to buy a four-wheeler and asked for a concession on GST, road tax, toll and registration concession.

He filed a request with the authorities on the official website of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises. But the request was rejected on the grounds that the concession was only accessible to people with orthopedic disabilities. He filed the petition asking the authorities to extend the concession to him.

During the hearing, the Center argued that the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD) constituted a committee under the chairmanship of the Joint Secretary, DEPwD, with members drawn from the Department of Revenue, Ministry of Heavy Industries and Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for exploring the possibility of extending GST concession benefits to all 21 categories of persons with disabilities for the purchase of motor vehicles. The recommendations made will be accepted and implemented, it was submitted.

Taking note of the submission, Justice M. Sundar observed that the court found it appropriate to record that this would now be the position obtained for all persons with disabilities in 21 categories with respect to the purchase of motor vehicles. The court ordered the Center to process the petitioner’s request as quickly as possible. The petition was rejected.

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