Exempt ‘langar’ purchases made by SGPC from GST: Harsimrat Badal
Harsimrat said Harmandar Sahib ran the world’s largest mega kitchen offering free meals throughout the year to lakhs of people. She said the donation for the same came from offerings made by people.punjab Updated: Jul 02, 2017 09:16 IST
Union minister for food processing industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday urged Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to exempt all purchases made by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for “langar sewa” from the GST Act.
In a statement here, Harsimrat said the Punjab government had earlier exempted all items purchased for “langar” by SGPC at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar, Keshgarh Sahib, Anandpur, and Talwandi Sabo, Bathinda, from VAT. She said SGPC spent around Rs 75 crore to purchase desi ghee, sugar and pulses. “Now it will have to bear a financial burden of Rs 10 crore on these purchases as they come under the 5 to 18% GST bracket,” she said.
Requesting the finance minister to get these purchases exempted under the new GST regime, She said Harmandar Sahib ran the world’s largest mega kitchen offering free meals throughout the year to lakhs of people. She said the donation for the same came from offerings made by people.
The Union minister said the new GST Act (section 11) and section 6 of IGST Act provided for exemption to institutions/businesses eligible for the same on the recommendation of the GST Council.