March 21, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: It is learned that the Punjab Government here on Wednesday announced waiver of the state government’s 50% share in the GST on the Langar at the Darbar Sahib, even as the Vidhan Sabha passed a unanimous resolution to seek total waiver from the Centre.
State chief minister Amarinder Singh has announced similar waiver of GST on Prasad for other religious shrines such as Durgiana Mandir and Bhagwan Valmiki Tirath Sthal, while directing officials of the concerned department to work out modalities for similar waiver at revered religious shrines of other communities.
The government took this decision after the representatives of different religious groups started mounting pressure on both the state and the central government and made a huge hue and cry about this unjust imposition of tax. To this Amarinder Singh said the state government will not take its share of the GST on the Langar items but would refund the same to the Darbar Sahib.
Meanwhile, the House unanimously passed the resolution to press the central government to immediately waive off its GST share on the Langar items at Sri Darbar Sahib and prasad items at Durgiana Mandir.