The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) had said that they have again wrote to the centre, demanding the release of Goods and Service Tax (GST) being charged on ‘langar’ service at various Gurudwaras across the country, but haven’t received any reply.
“We’ve written letters to the government, but haven’t got any reply. We want the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be removed from the langar service,” Daljit Singh Bedi, Additional Secretary of SGPC, told ANI.
Before this, Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, declaring that the money which can be used to feed more people is actually going in taxes.
The SGPC spends about 75 crores in order to purchase desi ghee, sugar, pulses, and all various different kinds of items which are used for the preparation of food used at the Golden Temple in Amritsar. Also, the minister said that the committee would have to bear of the financial burden of Rs 10 crore on purchases because all the foods come under 5 to 18 percent GST slab.
Significantly, GST is not being levied on the food served in langars itself, but it is charged on the purchase of raw materials which are used for the preparation of food. Under the new GST rules, there is basically a provision for the exemption to institutions and businesses based on the approval of GST council.
We hope that the GST council soon take the matter in hand and give an adequate solution to the issue to this matter.