New Delhi, July 19
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has clarified that no Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be levied on open sale of pulses, wheat, rice and flour.
The Finance Minister has released the list of food items by tweeting on Tuesday, which includes things like pulses, wheat, rye, oats, corn, rice, flour, semolina, gram flour, mudhi and lassi. In fact, there was confusion about whether the open sale of these items would attract GST or not. Now the government has made it clear that no GST will have to be paid on their open sale.
Sitharaman clarified by tweeting that the GST Council has exempted the open sale of many things including wheat, flour, rice from GST. These include pulses, wheat, rye, barley, maize, rice, flour, semolina, gram flour, puffed rice, curd and lassi. However, in case of sale of these products prepackaged or labeled, a GST of 5 per cent will be levied. The Finance Minister has also clarified that the decision to remove GST on these food items has not been taken by any one person, but the entire GST Council has taken a process. Sitharaman has said in her 14 tweets one after the other that this decision was very important to prevent tax leakage.
Earlier, the Revenue Department of the Union Finance Ministry had also clarified things in an FAQ released on GST on Prepackaged and Labeled. In this FAQ, it has been said that if the packing of food items like pulses, flour, rice according to the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, whose weight is more than 25 kg, then GST will not be charged on it. If the weight of the entire sack exceeds 25 kg by putting packs of 5-5 kg or 10-10 kg in a sack, then it will not get exemption from GST.
The GST Council in its 47th meeting held on June 28-29, 2022 in Chandigarh had decided to bring prepackaged cereals, pulses, flour, buttermilk, curd and paneer under the 5 per cent GST tax slab, which will be applicable across the country from July 18. It is done. Earlier all these items were outside the purview of GST.