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Punjab CM bats for GST exemption on 'langar', 'prasad'

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister has sought from Union Minister a exemption on 'langars' and the 'prasad' distributed at various religious places, including temples.

In a letter to the union minister, Amarinder reminded Jaitley that gurdwaras were exempted from VAT on goods they bought to cook at 'langars' (community kitchens), an official spokesman said today.

The chief minister wrote to Jaitley after an appeal by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) and others to waive the on these materials, he said.

Under the new regime, is payable on the purchases made for the community kitchens, the spokesman said.

The chief minister said the is also payable on the sale of 'prasad' and this is impacting temples, gurdwaras and other religious institutions.

"The levy of GST on goods purchased by these institutions was not fair as they did not have any source of and were being run and managed through donations," Amarinder said in the letter.

The chief minister said the demand for GST exemption by the managements of religious institutions was fair and should be acceded to by the Centre.

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 17:57 IST