Punjab CM Amarinder Singh demands GST exemption on ‘langar’, ‘prasad’

CM Amarinder Singh has demanded GST exemption. He said, "The levy of GST on goods purchased by these institutions was not fair as they did not have any source of income and were being run and managed through donations."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 17, 2017 6:05 pm
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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has demanded a GST exemption on langars and the prasad that is distributed at various religious places, including temples. According to a PTI report, Singh has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reminding him that gurdwaras were exempted from VAT on goods they bought to cook at langars. According to an official spokesman, Singh wrote to Jaitley after the Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) and others requested him to waive the tax on these materials.

The government earlier had said that free food supplied in anna kshetras (food areas), run by religious institutions, has been kept out of the GST ambit. Under the news GST regime, tax is payable on the purchases made for the community kitchens.

According to the chief minister, GST is, however, payable on the sale of ‘prasad’ and this is impacting temples, gurdwaras and other religious institutions. CM Amarinder Singh said, “The levy of GST on goods purchased by these institutions was not fair as they did not have any source of income and were being run and managed through donations.”

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    Ashutosh Kumar
    Jul 18, 2017 at 2:42 am
    Aren't "Donations" a source of income? Is the money donated not legal tender? I would think Amrinder Singh is not that illiterate ! Stop bribing GOD, Please. Instead of these exemptions all "Chrahwas" in temples of various denominations should be taxed as un-earned income. The Almighty will appreciate this as fair game.
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    dd
    Jul 17, 2017 at 11:31 pm
    This will open back door for black marketer. No wonder only CONGRESS look for back doors..
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    dd
    Jul 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm
    It should not be exempt. A Charity trust should get some grants for relief work organized by charity.
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    Harminder Singh
    Jul 17, 2017 at 9:02 pm
    Another HINDUVATA at ude to the very community that has kept INDIA safe and stood as sentinels so it's time to wake up to reality and stop begging from those who had to beg the ninth Guru for what they couldn't themselves protect so time to distance ourselves from these devious unscrouplus untrustworthy two timing beings let them fight for themselves instead and see how well they cope when it comes to the crunch.
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