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Capt Amarinder writes to Jaitley for GST exemption on langar, prasad for all religious institutions

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Chandigarh | Monday, Jul 17 2017 IST
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has sought GST exemption from Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Langar (community kitchen) and prasad distributed at various religious institutions.The Chief Minister has written to Mr Jaitley on the issue following an appeal by the Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) and other individuals and organisations to waive off GST on these materials.Capt Amarinder reminded the Minister that Gurudwaras were exempted from the payment of VAT on goods brought by them for serving food in free kitchens (langar). However, under the new GST regime, tax was payable on the purchase of these goods.He said that GST was also payable on sale of prasad, thus impacting all religious institutions including Temples, Gurudwaras, Mosques and the Churches.Capt Amarinder said that the levy of GST on goods purchased by religious institutions was not fair as these institutions did not have any source of income and were run and managed with finances raised through donations.He urged the Finance Minister to reconsider the matter and exempt all religious institutions from payment of GST, not only on sale and purchase of prasad but also on goods purchased by them for serving langar in free kitchens run by them.The Chief Minister said the demand for GST exemption by the managements of religious institutions was fair and should be acceded to by the Central Government.UNI DB AD SNU 1720

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