Amritsar: President of Damdami Taksal and President of the Sant Samaj, Giani Harnam Singh Khalsa has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley that GST exemptions on the clothes that the Sikhs wear. He said that the government has given the ‘Sikh karkar’ kirpana, gata (kirpan shawl belt), a tax free from taxes (sales tax, VAT), and Grass (wood) and waste (iron and steel) should be exempt from the GST.
In that letter, we said that we want to remind ourselves that Sikh Sikhs are worn only by the chosen Sikhs, not by the entire Sikh community. Therefore, the income of the government will not be a loss, but the income earned from it is very low.
The government has imposed a GST of 18% on Sikh rings, 12% on kirpans, 2% on comb, 2% Gurdas (Kirpal belt) and 5% GST before they did not have any tax before. There was only one percent tax on wooden comb.
It is also worth mentioning here that the government has not imposed any tax on plastic chairs, glass chairs, while gold bangles have only 3 percent tax but 18 percent tax has been imposed on sticks. The Khalsa said that if the government can release “Churi” from GST then there is no logic to impose GAT on Karakars. The Karkar industry is currently facing consistent bad days.