Two of the popular Garba venues in the city have come under scanner of the office of goods and services tax. The state GST officials have begun conducting survey at the offices of Palace Heritage Garba Mahotsav and United Way of Baroda. The GST officials are scrutinizing the account books and other financial details of the Garba organizers. “This is a survey to scrutinize their accounts. We are ascertaining if they have shown their revenues and expenses properly apart from the bills,” said a SGST official.
The SGST officials will also contact the vendors, sponsors and service providers of these garba organizers and cross verify the bills as well as other financial transactions. “If we find any anomaly in the transactions then we will take further action. As of now we are studying all the documents that we have brought from these garba organizers’ offices,” the official added. The UWB’s move to collect Garba entry fee as donation is also being scrutinized by the SGST. The royal Gaekwad family organized the Palace Heritage Garba Mahotsav at Navlakhi Ground for the first time this year. While United Way of Baroda has been organizing garba since long in the city. It is one of the most popular garba venues attracting thousands of Garba revellers every Navratri. Soon after the Navratri ended, the GST officials began the work on surveying offices of these organizers.