Members of the Federation of Medical and Sales Representatives’ Associations of India (FMRAI) have demanded that zero GST be levied on Goods and Services Tax (GST) on medicines.
Santanu Chatterjee, general secretary of FMRAI, said, “Since Mumbai is the citadel of the pharmaceutical industry, we decided to organise the rally here to make our voice heard.”
FRMAI members organised a protest at Azad Maidan to voice their displeasure. Mr. Chatterjee said, “Medicines are a need, and GST should not be imposed on them.” He further said 12-18% GST is imposed on all medicines except oral contraceptives and a few medicines for treating cancer and diabetes, on which GST of 5% is levied.
FRMAI has also demanded that online sale of medicines be discontinued to ensure better compliance with respect to labour and medicine related laws by drug companies.
Referring to the same issue, Mr. Chatterjee addressed the hardships faced by sales promotion employees or medical and sales representatives who are deprived of benefits such as statutory appointment letters and leaves.