1. Representations have been received that certain suppliers are making supplies to the railways of items classifiable under any chapter other than chapter 86, charging the GST rate of 5%.
2. The matter has been examined. Vide notification No. 1/2017 –Central Tax (Rate) dated 28th June, 2017, read with notification No. 5/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28th June, 2017, goods classifiable under Chapter 86 are subjected to 5% GST rate with no refund of unutilised input tax credit (ITC). Goods classifiable in any other chapter attract the applicable GST, as specified under notification No. 1/2017 –Central Tax (Rate) dated 28th June, 2017 or notification No.2/2017-Central Tax (Rate) dated 28th June, 2017.
3. The GST Council during its 25th meeting held on 18th January, 2018, discussed this issue and recorded that a clarification regarding applicable GST rates on various supplies made to the Indian Railways may be issued.
4. Accordingly, it is hereby clarified that
a. Only the goods classified under Chapter 86, supplied to the railways attract 5% GST
rate with no refund of unutilised input tax credit and
b. Other goods [falling in any other chapter], would attract the general applicable GST
rates to such goods, under the aforesaid notifications, even if supplied to the railways.