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Prices of Foodgrains, milk, veggies to be 5% cheaper under GST

Once the Goods and Services Tax is rolled out foodgrains, flour, milk, vegetables and fruits will get cheaper by up to 5 per cent.

The government has excuses cereals, pulses, atta, maida and besan from the GST, which will be implemented from July 1.

Milk, vegetables and fruits, puffed rice, salt, organic manure, animal feed, fire wood, raw silk, wool, jute and hand-operated agriculture equipment too will be zero-rated under the new indirect tax regime.

Finance ministry said,"Due to no GST on these items, most of them are expected to become cheaper in the range of approximately 4-5 per cent as compared to their existing prices."

Branded foodgrains and flours with registered trade mark will attract 5 per cent tax under GST. While items like foodgrains, milk and vegetables do not attract any central tax at present, some states levy VAT of 4 -5 per cent on these goods.

The GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state counterparts, have decided tax rates of almost all goods and services.


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