KOLKATA: tea industry wants exemption of tea from GST as it is a garden produce and coming within the purview of the definition of agriculture. The industry officials feel that in case full exemption of GST is not possible then the rate should be kept on par with the current tax rate of 5% -6%.
Tea cultivation, harvesting and manufacturing is primarily an agricultural activity. Tea has been defined as an agricultural produce within the definition of the Service Tax Rules. Further in ..