Seva Bhoj Yojna has been launched by Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. It comes as a big relief to the charitable and religious institutions who had to face additional financial burden after the rollout of GST in India. So what is Seva Bhoj Yojana and how is it important for Current Affairs?

Under the Seva Bhoj Yojna, Central Government’s share of Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Integrated Goods and Service Tax (IGST) will be reimbursed for eligible institutions. The scheme provides financial relief for organizations which serve Food / Prasad / Langar (Community Kitchen) / Bhandara free of cost without any discrimination to Public/Devotees.

Key facts about Seva Bhoj Yojna

Launch Date: August 01, 2018

Budget Outlay: Rs. 325.00 Crores (for Financial Years 2018-19 and 2019-20)

Who will benefit from the Seva Bhoj Scheme?

An institution needs to meet the following criteria to benefit from the scheme:

  1. All religious and charitable institutions which have been in existence for at least five years
  2. Grant will be given to such institutions if they are covered under Section 10 (23BBA) of Income Tax (IT) Act or are institutions registered as Society under Societies Registration Act (XXI of 1860) or as Public Trust under any law for time being in force of statuary religious bodies or institutions registered under Section 12AA of IT Act.
  3. They must be serving free food to at least 5000 people in month.
  4. They must registered with Darpan portal of NITI Aayog and get a Unique ID to start the registration process.

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