Gangajal is Exempt From GST : It has been confirmed by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) that “Gangajal” is not subject to GST. Congress has said that the government has taxed it by 18%.
CBIC stated that “Households throughout the nation use gangajal for pooja, and puja samagri is GST-exempt. Since the implementation of GST, all of these commodities have been excluded, according to a post on X by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC).”
The CBIC further stated that the GST Council’s 14th and 15th meetings, which took place on May 18–19, 2017 and June 3, 2017, respectively, discussed “puja samagri” in great depth and decided to maintain them on the exempt list.
Earlier in the day Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in a post on X said that the government has imposed an 18 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST) on Gangajal, terming it as the “height of loot and hypocrisy”.
While your government has levied an 18% GST on the sacred Ganga water itself, it is commendable that you are visiting Uttarakhand. In a message addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Hindi, Kharge stated, “Not even once did you think what would be the burden on those who order Ganga water to be kept in their homes.”
The Department of Revenue, which is a division of the Ministry of Finance in the Government of India, houses the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (formerly known as the Central Board of Excise & Customs). The policy-making responsibilities include preventing smuggling, handling matters pertaining to Customs, Central Excise, Central Goods & Services Tax, IGST, and Narcotics to the extent that they fall under the jurisdiction of CBIC, and drafting regulations regarding the levy and collection of Customs, Central Excise duties, Central Goods & Services Tax, and IGST.
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