Union Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Thursday met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and requested him to support her demand for exempting langar’ from imposition of GST in the GST Council for all gurdwaras in the country. Harsimrat Badal, who met the Bihar chief minister in Delhi, said Nitish Kumar has asked his finance minister to take up the issue appropriately in the GST Council. She said the Bihar chief minister also assured to demand waiver of GST in support of her demand and work towards the cause of creating a consensus on this issue by personally conveying the sentiments of the Sikh community to the Central government. The union minister said she had started an initiative to approach chief ministers of various states so that this issue could be redressed quickly. She said she would soon meet Maharashtra Chief Minister Davendra Fadnavis and request him to extend support to this noble cause. Badal said she was taking this step because the Congress government in Punjab had fallen woefully short of fulfilling this responsibility. “Despite the fact that the erstwhile SAD-BJP government had exempted all items purchased by the Shiromani Committee for ‘langar’ at the three Takths at Darbar Sahab, Amritsar, Keshgarh Sahab, Anandpur and Damdama Sahib, Talwandi Sabo from VAT, the Congress govt did not make any attempt to move for a similar exemption.
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