Chandana lost her sight completely after the 7th standard - until then her mother would write out notes for her in large handwriting. For her degree, the B.Com graduate studied from text books converted into Braille. Chandana loves numbers. She is working in the field of accounting after graduating. And now she has reached out to PM Modi with a heartfelt tweet asking him to withdraw the GST on devices that help the physically challenged.
"The GST affects the visually challenged people a lot because it is very difficult for people in India to afford all the technology or braillers which are available so if the GST rate comes to zero then it will reduce the cost that has been imposed which includes tax so it helps a lot of people to afford it and make India more accessible for all (differently abled) people in the country. As of now, the tax is 18 per cent - that is what I read - and they are planning to reduce it by 5% but that is still in the planning stage," Chandana told NDTV.
Chandana is also supporting a petition on Change.org which is targeting 10,000 signatures to push for zero tax.
Chandana has not received a reply yet from the Prime Minister's office. But like thousands of differently-abled people around the country, she is hopeful for some good news on that front.