Pay less ho­tel bills from to­day!

Five per cent GST from to­day on food served in ho­tels Those vi­o­lat­ing or­der will face strict ac­tion, warns Min­is­ter Ba­pat

The Hitavada - - NATION - Our Cor­re­spon­dent MUM­BAI, Nov 14

EAT­ING out in ho­tels will be­come cheaper from Wed­nes­day as the GST rate on food has been kept at 5 per cent.

“It has be­come manda­tory for ho­tels to charge new rates from Novem­ber 15. Those vi­o­lat­ing the or­der will face ac­tion,” warned Civil Sup­plies Min­is­ter Girish Ba­pat here on Tues­day.

Ba­pat said, as per new GST slab fixed by the Cen­tre, ho­tels would charge GST at five per cent. Be­fore GST, rates were in­clu­sive of VAT. After GST, ho­tels should have re­moved VAT. How­ever, many ho­tels con­tin­ued to charge VAT plus GST. How­ever, they will have to re­print rate card mi­nus VAT. Hand-writ­ten rates will not be al­lowed, Ba­pat clar­i­fied.

Ba­pat has asked ho­tels to dis­play their GST num­ber promi­nently on the front of the ho­tel.

“Those not re­duc­ing rates of food items will face strict ac­tion”, Ba­pat warned.

Ba­pat has also ap­pealed to the peo­ple to lodge their com­plaint against ho­tels not re­duc­ing rates on toll-free num­ber 1800225900.

Ba­pat also clar­i­fied that shop­keep­ers can’t charge more than the MRP printed on pack­ages of goods sold.

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