GST increase on Parotta sparks North-South divide!
Galatta | Jun 14, 2020, 01:49 pm
The culinary culture in India is as diverse as the people of this vast country! The maida-based flatbread Parotta as we call it in Tamil Nadu, goes by different names across the country including Porotta, Paratha, Parantha and many more! ID Fresh Foods - a Bengaluru based company, manufactures whole wheat Parotta and Malabar Parotta among other food products. After concerns were raised by the company's auditors, they approached a special court - Authority on Advanced Rulings (AAR) for clarification and were told that since their Parotta products had to be reheated or processed before eating, they would come under the 18% GST slab, as opposed to the 5% slab, which is applied for Rotis, chapatis and Khakras.
When this information became public, there was a huge uproar among the Parotta lovers as they found it to be unfair to apply 18% GST on their favourite dish as opposed to just 5% GST for Chapati. The issue took on a whole new dimension when people began looking at this as a North-South divide with Rotis/Chapatis being favoured in the North, while Parottas are favoured in the South. People began to vociferously register their protest against this unfair GST slab for Parottas, on social media. This caused the #HandsOffPorotta tag to trend on Twitter with a number of people expressing their opinions, including Anand Mahindra, the industrialist! ID Fresh Foods has stated that they would be appealing against the AAR's ruling. Stay tuned for updates...