New Delhi – Seva Bhoj Yojna is a Central Sector Scheme to provide reimbursement of CGST and Central Government’s share of IGST paid by charitable and religious institutions on purchase of specific raw food items for serving free food to public and devotees.
The scheme will provide free financial assistance for food, langars and bhandaras and community kitchens, offered by charitable and religious institutions like Gurudwara, Temples, Dharmik Ashram, Mosques, Dargah, Church, Math, and Monasteries.
The specific raw food items covered under the Scheme are ghee, edible oil, sugar, burra, jaggery, rice, atta, maida, rava, flour and pulses.
A Public Trust or institution covered under the provisions of section 10 (23BBA) of the Income Tax Act, 1961 or registered under the provisions of section 12AA of the Income Tax Act, 1961, a company formed under the provisions of section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 or section 25 of the Companies Act, 1956, or a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, for charitable and religious purposes can apply under Seva Bhoj Yojna.
However, the institutions should have been distributing free food, langar and prasad to atleast 5000 persons in a calendar month.
The scheme shall provide financial assistance to the institution that is not in receipt of any financial Assistance from the central or state government for the purpose of distributing free food.