AMRITSAR SAHIB, Punjab—Prof. Kirpan Singh Badungar, SGPC President, has slammed the Union government of India for imposing GST on Langar of Sikh shrines. Speaking with Sikh24, Prof. Badungar said the Indian government has imposed GST on langar despite being aware of the fact that devotees are served food free of cost.
He has said that the SGPC had been condemning the move from very first day and will keep on doing so.
Taking on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Prof. Kirpal Singh Badungar said that it was very unfortunate that the Finance Minister provided relaxation to a certain category of businesses on their request but did not accept the request of SGPC to waive off GST on Langar of Sikh shrines.
Prof. Badungar said that he will once again appeal the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by writing a letter to waive off GST on Langar of Sikh shrines.
According to estimates, the SGPC is likely to bear an extra financial burden of 100 million rupees, for the purchase of desi ghee (butter), sugar and beans. Sources have informed that the GST rates for these items are 12%, 18% and 5% respectively and that the SGPC currently spends an average of Rupees 700 to 800 million on these products annually.Sikh24 Editors can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org