Ministry of Culture Launches ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ (Download PDF)


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Union Ministry of Culture launched scheme to reimburse central share of CGST & IGST on food, prasad, langar or bhandara offered by religious & charitable institutions on 1st August, 2018. Scheme, Seva Bhoj Yojna, has total outlay of Rs. 325.00 cr. for financial years 2018 - 19 & 2019 - 20.

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Details of Seva Bhoj Yojana:

Scheme seeks to reimburse central govt. ‘s share of CGST & IGST on purchase of raw items such as ghee, edible oil, atta, maida, rava, flour, rice pulses, sugar & jaggery, which go into preparation of food/Prasad/langar/bhandara offered free of cost by religious institutions.

  • Scheme will compensate religious & charitable institutions of Central Govt. share of Central Goods & Services Tax (CGST) & Integrated Goods & Service Tax (IGST).

  • It mainly aims to lessen financial burden on religious & charitable bodies that provide food, prasad, langar & bhandara free-of-cost w/o any discrimination to public.

  • Religious or charitable institutions such as temples, gurudwaras, mosques, churches, dharmik ashram, dargah, matth, monasteries that are in existence for at least 3 years before applying for financial assistance under scheme will be eligible for getting benefits under scheme.

  • Institutions that serve free food to at least 5000 people in a month.

  • Ministry will enroll eligible religious & charitable institutions for time period ending w/financial year 2019 - 20 & subsequently, enrolment may be renewed by Ministry, depending on performance evaluation of institutions.

Logistic and Enrollment Process for Seva Bhoj Yojna:

  • Eligible institutions will be required to 1st register w/Darpan Portal of NITI Aayog & get unique ID generated by it.

  • Then institution shall enroll itself in CSMS Portal ( on Ministry of Culture’s website.

  • Then they shall apply “online” in prescribed application form & upload required documents as listed below in CSMS Portal of Ministry of Culture’s website (

  • Following this, all applications along w/supporting documents received from institutions will be examined by committee constituted for purpose w/i 4 weeks.

  • On basis of committee’s recommendations, competent authority in Culture Ministry shall register charitable religious institutions for purpose of reimbursing claim of CGST & Central Govt. share of IGST paid on prasad or bhandara.

  • Details of registered institutions will be available on online portal for viewership of public, GST authorities & institution itself.

  • Institutions covered under Section 10 (23BBA) of IT Act or those 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 constituted under any Act or institutions registered under Section 12AA of IT Act.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 9, 2018

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