The Hush Post: In a major announcement, the Punjab Government today announced that it will forgo its share of the GST which was being levied on the langar at the Darbar Sahib and the Durgiana Mandir.
After taking the decision, the ruling Congress Party in the state of Punjab has said the onus to do away with the rest of the GST now lies on the Central Government.
Speaking in the Vidhan Sabha today, Manpreet Badal said that if the Akali Dal Party is not able to convince its ally, the BJP to give up its share of GST on the langar, the members of the Akali Party should resign from politics.
Key opposition members from the Aam Aadmi Party stood up and applauded this decision of the State Government.
The SGPC had claimed to have paid nearly 2 crores due to GST while purchasing ration for langar and parshad. Complaining that this had led to a huge burden on the governing body, the SGPC had requested concerned authorities to waive off the tax. The tax had also met severe criticism from all sections of the civil society.
Union finance minister, Arun Jaitley, had, however, dismissed the claims. “No GST has been imposed on the food served in langar and the charges that government has imposed GST on langar in gurdwaras is incorrect,” he said.
Gobind Singh Longowal, Chief of the SGPC took a strong note of this statement and termed it to be completely misleading. “The statement is far from the truth and facts. So, this is totally wrong. The GST is being charged on the purchase of langar items,” he said.