Amritsar, May 10: The Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) wrote a letter to the central government, seeking exemption of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) being levied on ‘langar’ (community meal) service at Gurudwaras across the country, but received no response.
“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 news agency ANI.
We've written letters to the govt, but haven't got any reply. We want the Goods & Services tax (GST) to be removed from the langar service: Daljit Singh Bedi, Additional Secretary of Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) on GST being levied on 'langar’ service. pic.twitter.com/n9YSJbvbnF
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2018
Earlier, Union Minister for Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal had also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stating that because of GST on ‘langar,’ the money used for feeding more people was going in taxes.
The Gurudwara committee spends around Rs 75 crore to purchase desi ghee, sugar, and pulses, all other food items used in the preparation of meal served at the famous Golden Temple in Punjab’s Amritsar.
Citing this, the minister said the SGPC would have to bear a financial burden of Rs 10 crore on purchases, as they came under the 5 to 18 percent GST segment.