Finance minister Arun Jaitley said in his Budget speech on Monday that he had accepted a suggestion from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for tax exemption on Braille paper.
Gandhi was seen thumping the desk with a smile after Jaitley said: “I accept suggestion from Rahul Gandhi on providing relief to differently-abled people.”
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Braille paper, a special paper which is thicker and more expensive than regular sheets, helps visually impaired people read.
Gandhi had written to the commerce ministry after a visually challenged college student approached him for help at the Mount Carmel College in Bengaluru, where he addressed students last year, a report said.
The import duty on Braille paper will be slashed as it will now be included in the list of “assistive devices for differently abled”.
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