Council take final call GST langar purchases says Meghwal.
With the Punjab government seeking GST exemption on goods used to cook ‘langar’, Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Thursday said the Goods and Service Tax (GST) council will take a call on this matter.
However, Meghwal, who is minister of state for finance, said there is no GST on langar or free meals distributed by gurdwaras. “There is no GST on langar. It is payable on goods used in making it. GST council has already received this demand and it will take a decision on it,” Meghwal said while talking to reporters.Notably, Punjab has been demanding GST exemption on items used in cooking langar and prasad at gurdwaras. Punjab Chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had written a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, demanding GST exemption on ‘langar’ and ‘prasad’ distributed at various religious places.
Amarinder had written that gurdwaras were exempted from VAT on goods they bought to cook at ‘langar. Under the GST regime, tax is payable on the purchases made for the community kitchens.The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), apex religious body of the Sikhs, had projected an extra financial burden of Rs 10 crore per year due to the imposition of the GST on food items used for the community kitchen.
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