The situation on GST still remains unclear on religious places. GST implemented by the Central Government from July 1 has been implemented in the entire country. There is a demand to keep all religious places including gurdwaras and temples out of it. After this, the situation of the GST in Prashad and Langar by the Central Government has not made anything clear even after the exemption of GST.Regarding this, the Chief Secretary of the SGPC said that if the press release is to be believed by the government, devotees will have to give GST to take karah prasad in the Harimandar. At the same time, all costs have to be calculated for the production and distribution of kardh prasad. After this there will be tax exemption.Harcharan Singh, Chief Secretary, SGPC said that the decision to not install GST by the government on prasad and langar at religious places is very surprising. Referring to the tweet on the press note of the government, he said that it has not been cleared anywhere in that GST will not be available on laੰਗgar and prasad. Rather, the most surprising thing is that the money taken for Prashad will be taken according to GST.He said that the money taken for the press is spent not only for the business establishment but also for the welfare of the people and the management of the gurdwaras, besides the provision for the treatment of poor people, the education and the preparedness for the congregations in the gurdwaras. He said that the press note of the government is clear that there is no exemption on Langar too, as GST will be applied on the transport used to transport all the ingredients and materials used for the preparation of langar. This will not make any difference in the removal of GST on the Langar and the government will have to pay a large amount of tax every year.He said that when the VAT was levied by the government, the committee was given special exemption by the Punjab government. This discount was also for the clothes that were bought for anchors, prasad, materials and syrup. He said that similar exemption from Harmandir Sahib was also for the rest of the group. But after the GST is implemented, we are constantly demanding from the government that this exemption will be maintained. Earlier this letter was written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Now after the orders issued by the government, the letter is now being written to the Finance Minister so that once again to consider and keep Langar out of GST.Every day hundreds of thousands of devotees eat free langar at the Harmandar sahib. They are also unhappy with the tax levied by the government. In addition to the Harimandar Sahib, the managing committee of Amritsar’s old Durgiana temple is also angry with the tax imposed by the government. He has also been asked to pay attention to this letter by writing to the Finance Minister.
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