GST on langar: LGPC demands rollback

The (LGPC) today made a demand for immediate withdrawal of GST on ‘langar’ — community meal — services offered by the all shrines across the country, including the at 

Earlier, the (SGPC), which manages all gurdwaras, and Union Processing has also urged the Centre to exempt the free kitchens at the and other shrines from the purview of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“This is for the first time in the 450 year history of the Gurudwaras that GST was being levied on ‘langar’ service,” LGPC said while addressing a press conference here.

He urged the government for immediate withdrawal of the GST on offered by all the Gurudwaras in the country, and called the levying of GST on free kitchens at shrines as “unfair”

Former and MLC Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, who was also present in the conference, said the society was highly agitated over the decision to impose GST on ‘langar’.

He claimed that till December 31, 2017, the Centre had collected Rs 2 crore from the Gurudwaras.

Importantly, the GST is not served on served in langars itself, but is charged on the purchase of raw materials used to prepare the 

While the LGPC asserted that gurudwaras all over have always done good for the society by distributing free food, medicines and clothes during the time of natural calamities and social strife, the LGPC wondered why the Centre was imposing tax on a social service appreciated and lauded by people world over.

Under the new GST Act, there is a provision for exemption to institutions and businesses on the recommendation of the 


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