Food offered at religious places exempted from GST: Finance Ministry
It further stated that prasadam distributed by any religious place of worship be it temples, mosques, churches, gurdwaras or dargahs, would not attract GST.
This statement came from the government after false media reports were doing rounds.
Free food at religious institutions exempted from GST
No GST on anna kshetra's free food: Finance Ministry's statement
The Finance Ministry's statement read that media reports suggesting GST would be levied on free food served at religious places were "untrue". However, it also stated that it wasn't desirable to provide end use-based exemption for inputs for making prasadam.
End-use exemptions not possible
The government's stand on end-use exemptions were cleared when Union Food and Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal had urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to exempt all purchases made by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) for service at the community kitchen, under the GST.
The government made it clear that end use-based exemptions are difficult to administer as GST was a multi-stage tax.
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