Punjab

PUNJAB CM WRITES TO JAITLEY SEEKING ROLLBACK OF GST ON FOOD PREPARATIONS MEANT FOR EWS DISTRIBUTION

November 24, 2017 06:49 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seeking immediate withdrawal of 5% GST on food stuff in containers intended for free distribution to the economically weaker sections of the society.

Dubbing the imposition of this tax as a retrograde step, Captain Amarinder stressed the need to introduce welfare programmes for the economically weaker sections (EWS) at a time when farmers were reeling under debt and resorting to suicide, underlining the increasing gap between the rich and the poor.

Citing the draft notification on this new tax, received by his government from the GST Council, the Chief Minister said such a tax would have the sole effect of the State Government being taxed by the Central Government for running welfare schemes, as the State Governments would be required to pay CGST on such items.

Seeking Jaitley’s personal intervention in the matter, the Chief Minister demanded a review of the decision and roll back of the decision in larger public interest, according to an official spokesperson.

The GST Council, in its 22nd meeting on October 16, 2017, decided on a 5% GST on food preparations put in unit containers, meant for free distribution to economically weaker sections of the society. Under the notification, CGST has been pegged at 2.5% and the state government will also be charged at the same rate.

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