Lucknow gurdwara panel raises langar GST issue

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The Lucknow Gurdwara Pabandhak Committee (LGPC) on Friday demanded immediate withdrawal of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on langar — community meal — services offered by all Sikh shrines across the country, including the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Earlier, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), which manages all gurdwaras, and Union food processing minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had urged the Centre to exempt the free kitchens at the Golden Temple and other Sikh shrines from the purview of GST.

“This is for the first time in the 450-year history of the gurdwaras that GST was being levied on langar service,” LGPC president Rajendra Singh Bagga said while addressing a press conference here. He urged the government for immediate withdrawal of the GST on free meal services offered by all gurudwaras in the country, and called the levying of GST on free kitchens at Sikh shrines as “unfair”.

Former Uttar Pradesh minister and MLC Balwant Singh Ramoowalia was also present at the conference. PTI

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