The Centre Government waived the duties and GST on a drug required for the treatment of a 2-year-old girl, KS Mithrra born with a rare genetic disorder, the Centre granted the exemption after the Chief Minister MK Stalin’ request. A statement from the Union finance ministry dated July 14 said that under exceptional circumstances and in the public interest, 55ml of Zolgensma, import taxes on 55ml of drug Zolgensma have been exempted. The exemption is one less burden on the baby’s family which has been crowdfunding for her treatment. KS Mithra of Namakkal was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and needs to undergo gene therapy with Zolgnesma, a drug manufactured in Switzerland and costs around Rs 16 crore. The girl’s father K Satheesh Kumar managed to raise the money through an online crowdfunding campaign. But he needed another Rs 6 crores to pay as duty and tax. Learning about his plight, Chief Minister MK Stalin wrote to the Centre seeking exemption.