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Amarinder seeks GST relaxation on 'langar', 'prasad'

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister has sought exemption on "langar" (community kitchen) and "prasad" (food distributed to devotees) given at various religious institutions.

The Chief Minister has written to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the issue following an appeal by the Sikh Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee and other individuals and organisations to waive off Goods and Services Tax on these materials, said Chief Minister's spokesperson on Monday.

In his letter, reminded Jaitley that gurudwaras were exempted from paying VAT on goods bought for serving food in free kitchens (langar), but under the new regime, tax is payable on them, as well on sale of prasad, "thus impacting all religious institutions including temples, gurudwaras, mosques and the churches".

Terming the levy of on goods purchased by religious institutions as not fair as these centres did not have any source of income and were run and managed with finances raised through donations, he urged Jaitley to reconsider the matter and exempt all religious institutions from -- not only on sale and purchase of prasad but also on goods purchased for the langar.



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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 19:02 IST