The Centre on Tuesday released Rs 600 crore to flood-hit Kerala and decided to waive customs duty and GST on the relief materials being imported for the affected people in the state. The announcement came following a meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), which met for the sixth consecutive day.
The central government has also decided to waive customs duty and the IGST on the relief materials being imported to aid the people in the flood-affected areas in Kerala.
The IGST refers to the integrated goods and services tax which is a part of GST under the concept of one nation one tax. It is charged on the goods and services supplied from one state to another.
The department of food and public distribution has made additional allocation of 89,540 metric tonne (MT) of rice as per the state government’s request.
The department of consumer affairs, in addition to 100 MT of pulses supplied earlier, is sending additional quantities of green gram and Tur dal.
Public sector oil marketing companies have contributed Rs 25 crore to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund in Kerala. The ministry of petroleum and natural gas has opened special points in the flood affected areas of the state for LPG distribution