The girls from the Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru made a request to Rahul Gandhi during his visit

Braille paper is now tax exempt all thanks to these two Bengaluru girlsFile photo
news Tuesday, March 01, 2016 - 08:23

When Chandana Chandrasekhar and Harshitha C, two differently abled students from the Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru made a request to Rahul Gandhi during his visit last November, little did they realize how far it would go.

The request was simple - slash import duty on specialized equipment for the blind.

Speaking to the Times of India, Harshitha said “When Rahul visited our college, I requested him to reduce customs duty on Braille hardware. The customs duty was pushing up the product price, making it unaffordable for the vast majority. He wrote to commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and even made the request in Parliament and today the taxes have been reduced to zero. I am grateful to him."

During the interaction, Rahul asked Chandana to send him a mail, which he in turn forwarded to Union commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman and also suggested that it be added to the budget.

Speaking to TOI after the budget, Chandana said, “When I switched on the phone after college, I saw a lot of missed calls. It was only then I learnt about the announcement about tax exemption on Braille paper. I am really happy that I could contribute towards this move."

 

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