Centre to refund GST charged on raw food items being purchased by religious institutions

NEW DELHI: The Centre has decided to refund its share of GST charged on purchase of raw food items by charitable religious institutions for distributing free meals to the public, Union Minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal said today.

The Centre’s share of GST charged on the raw food materials purchased by the religious institutions will be refunded under a new scheme ‘Seva Bhoj Yojana’, she told reporters at a press conference here.

The move came after the Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD), an ally of the ruling NDA, and the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) demanded that raw food material being purchased for langars served at gurdwaras be exempted from the Goods and Services Tax (GST). (AGENCIES)