Seva Bhoj Yojana
Seva Bhoj Yojana, a noteworthy government scheme has garnered attention for its impact on charitable and religious institutions in India. Over the last three years, an astounding Rs 466 lakhs in GST has been collected and subsequently reimbursed under this scheme.
About the Scheme:
- The Seva Bhoj Scheme aims to provide support to Charitable/Religious Institutions that serve free food to the public.
- It functions as a reimbursement system for the Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and the Central Government’s share of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) paid on the purchase of specific raw food items by these institutions.
- One remarkable aspect of the scheme is its operational timing, remaining open for applications from the 1st to the 15th of each month. This time frame allows eligible institutions to apply for financial assistance during this designated period.
- Administered under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture, the Seva Bhoj Yojana invites interested charitable and religious institutions to participate and apply for reimbursement. Institutions that meet the necessary criteria will be eligible to receive the financial assistance provided by the Government of India.
- The scheme extends its benefits to a diverse range of institutions, encompassing Gurudwaras, Temples, Dharmik Ashrams, Mosques, Dargahs, Churches, Maths, Monasteries, and more. These institutions offer free ‘prasad’ or free food through community kitchens such as ‘langar’ or ‘bhandara.’
- Moreover, the allocation of Financial Assistance operates on a First-cum-First-Serve basis, directly linked to the funds available for this purpose in a given Financial Year. This approach ensures that eligible institutions receive timely support, facilitating their vital contribution to society.
- The Seva Bhoj Yojana stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to promoting and sustaining the humanitarian efforts of charitable and religious institutions in India.