NRAI petitions fin min for GST relief on sports goods

NEW DELHI: National Rifle Association of India (NRAI)  president Raninder Singh has written to the finance ministry asking for a review of imposition of GST on sports equipment.

Shooters in the country say they have been hit hard by the Goods and Services Tax, which envisages a 18 to 28 per cent tax on air guns, pistols, and accessories of the sport, most of which needs to be imported. 

Most of the cost is borne by the players themselves, say the shooters. 

Indian junior pistol team coach Jaspal Rana has also thrown his weight behind the shooters. “Imposing GST on sports goods will act as an obstacle, especially to those who are financially weak. Instead of encouraging the athletes who can bring glory to the country, you are imposing an additional unnecessary burden of 18-28 percent of GST on sports equipment," he told PTI.

The shooters have been ruing the indifference shown by the Sports Ministry and Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel in particular, whom the shooters have been trying to petition for the last few weeks.