Ministry of Culture launches ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’
The Union Ministry of Culture has launched a scheme to reimburse central share of CGST and IGST on food, prasad, langar or bhandara offered by religious and charitable institutions. It mainly aims to lessen the financial burden on religious and charitable bodies that provide free food.
The Union Ministry of Culture on August 1, 2018 launched a scheme to reimburse central share of CGST and IGST on food, prasad, langar or bhandara offered by religious and charitable institutions.
The scheme, Seva Bhoj Yojna, has a total outlay of Rs 325.00 crore for financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20.
• The scheme will compensate the religious and charitable institutions of the Central Government share of the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST).
• It mainly aims to lessen the financial burden on religious and charitable bodies that provide food, prasad, langar and bhandara free-of-cost without any discrimination to the public.
• The religious or charitable institutions such as temples, gurudwaras, mosques, churches, dharmik ashram, dargah, matth, monasteries that have been in existence for at least three years before applying for financial assistance under the scheme will be eligible for getting benefits under the scheme.
• The Ministry will enroll the eligible religious and charitable institutions for a time period ending with the financial year 2019-20 and subsequently, the enrolment may be renewed by the Ministry, depending on the performance evaluation of the institutions.
The eligible institutions will be required to first register with Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog and get a unique ID generated by it.
Following this, all the applications along with supporting documents received from the institutions will be examined by a committee constituted for the purpose within 4 weeks.
On the basis of the committee’s recommendations, the competent authority in the Culture Ministry shall register the charitable religious institutions for the purpose of reimbursing claim of CGST and Central Government share of IGST paid on prasad or bhandara.
The details of the registered institutions will be available on an online portal for the viewership of public, GST authorities and the institution itself.