GST should not become ‘god services tax’, says Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu
Bittu said nearly Rs 10 crore will annually go out of the the Golden Temple in Amritsar if the government does not exempt community kitchen services from the GST net.punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2017 18:40 IST
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) should not become “god services tax”, said Congress MP from Ludhiana Ravneet Singh Bittu in the Lok Sabha on Friday, demanding withdrwal of the newly introduced tax on community kitchen service at religious places, including gurdwaras.
Raising the issue during the zero hour, Bittu said all political parties should join hands in putting pressure on the government to withdraw the GST on “langar sewa”.
Bittu said nearly Rs 10 crore will annually go out of the the Golden Temple in Amritsar if the government does not exempt community kitchen services from the GST net.
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also sought GST waiver on community kitchen services.
In a letter to finance minister Arun Jaitley, Amarinder had said gurdwaras were exempted from payment of VAT on goods brought by them for serving food in free kitchens (langar).
He had said the arrangement should continue under the GST regime as well.