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Ministry Of Culture

Seva Bhoj Yojna

Charitable Institutions
Free Food
Religious Institutions
Application Process
Documents Required
Frequently Asked Questions
The scheme “Seva Bhoj Yojna” was launched by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and it has been made operational with effect from the 1st of August, 2018. The Scheme shall be applicable within the territorial jurisdiction of India. The Scheme will remain open from the 1st to the 15th of every month. Thereafter, the scrutiny of the applications received will be carried out by a duly constituted committee on a monthly basis.
Under the Scheme of ‘Seva Bhoj Yojna’ Central Goods and Services Tax (CGST) and Central Government’s share of Integrated Goods and Services Tax (IGST) paid on purchase of specific raw food items by Charitable/Religious Institutions like Gurudwaras, Temples, Dharmik Ashrams, Mosques, Dargahs, Churches, Math, Monasteries, etc. for distributing free food to public shall be reimbursed as Financial Assistance by the Government of India.
This is a Central Sector Scheme for providing reimbursement of CGST and the Central Government’s share of IGST paid by charitable/religious institutions on the purchase of specific raw food items for serving free food to the public/devotees. The scheme shall be applicable only to such institutions which are eligible under the Scheme.
Type of Activities Supported Under the Scheme:
Free ‘Prasad’ or free food or free ‘Langar’/‘Bhandara’ (community kitchen) offered by charitable/religious institutions like Gurudwara, Temples, Dharmik Ashram, Mosques, Dargah, Church, Math, Monasteries, etc. Financial assistance will be provided on First-cum-First Serve basis of registration linked to funds available for the purpose in a financial year.
Outcome of the Scheme:
A Performance-cum-Achievement Report on the activity undertaken will be submitted in triplicate by the beneficiary institutions, at the beginning of the next financial year, to the Ministry as per the following format:
  • Location of Free Food Services:
  • Cost of the Food items excluding GST:
  • GST levied: Total GST paid (CGST, SGST/UTGST, IGST, and amount of Financial Assistance released by the ministry:
  • No. of days Free food was provided in a calendar month (month-wise)
  • No. of persons who were provided Free Food in a calendar month (month-wise)
  • At least 12 photographs (taken on a monthly basis) of Free Food Services:
Release of Funds Under the Scheme:
The funds will be released to the institutions as per the claims verified and passed by the GST authorities. The Refund Sanction Order will be issued by the GST Authority.
Inspection And Monitoring:
The inspection would be carried out by Ministry officials or its authorized representatives every year at least in 5% of the cases. The concerned State Govt./UTs Administration, District Collector/Dy. Commissioner and State GST authorities will also monitor the scheme. The Institutions /Organizations shall maintain separate accounts for the assistance received from the Ministry of Culture and these will be subject to inspection/audit by the officers of the Ministry or any other agency designated by the Ministry
Penalties in Case of Misuse of Assistance/Grant:
The members of the executive body of the entity /institution would be liable for the recovery of misused grants. The organization /institution will also be blacklisted for misuse of funds, fake registration certificate, fake documents, etc. All immovable and movable assets created from the Government grants would be taken over by local administration prescribed by the Ministry. The assistance provided by the Ministry of Culture shall be recovered with penal interest, apart from taking criminal action as per law.
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