Chandigarh – The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Saturday asked the Congress government to waive off state GST on langar in all religious and charitable institutions on the pattern of the Central government instead of practicing deceit by not even fulfilling the solemn commitment made in the Vidhan Sabha to waive off GST on langar items served at Golden Temple. In a statement here, former Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa said: “It is shocking that Punjab government as well as its Finance Minister Manpreet Badal has failed to fulfil its basic promise to waive GST on langar purchases made for Golden Temple, what of extending this relief to all religious and charitable organisations as done by the Centre.”Explaining the entire issue, Dhindsa said that the SAD gave a commitment on the floor of the Assembly that since the Congress government had shown a little seriousness in waiving off state GST for Shri Darbar Sahib, it would approach the Centre for the same. “Union Food Processing Industry Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal took up this onerous task and built a consensus on this issue by meeting various chief ministers besides conveying the sentiments of the Sikh community to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said. Castigating the Congress government for indulging in an eye wash by promising a GST waiver and then running away from it, the Akali leader asked the Punjab government to waive off State GST on all religious and charitable institutions immediately. Dhindsa said that this was not the only example of opportunist politics practiced by Punjab government. He said the Congress government was double crossing Punjabis by refusing to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel, which was the highest in north India, even as the state Congress was indulging in sham dharnas to demand reduction on Central excise duty on petroleum products.
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