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GST Authorities Withdraw Rs 202.83 Crore GST Demand Against Jagran Prakashan

Last updated: 21 June 2024


In a significant relief to Jagran Prakashan, the publisher of the widely-read Hindi daily Dainik Jagran, the government has rescinded a substantial goods and services tax (GST) demand totaling Rs 202.83 crore. The company disclosed in a regulatory filing that it received an "order for dropping the proceedings" dated June 18, 2024, pertaining to the alleged GST demand of Rs 202,82,60,875, which included a penalty of Rs 18.44 crore.

GST Authorities Withdraw Rs 202.83 Crore GST Demand Against Jagran Prakashan

Background and Current Status

The GST demand was initially raised through a show cause notice issued by the Joint Commissioner of State GST in Kanpur. Despite this development, the company faces another GST demand notice for Rs 13.50 crore, which includes a penalty of Rs 1.22 crore. Jagran Prakashan, based on legal counsel, is confident of a favorable outcome, believing it has a strong case on merit.

Jagran Prakashan's Diverse Portfolio

Jagran Prakashan's business interests are extensive, encompassing the printing and publication of newspapers and magazines, FM radio, digital media, outdoor advertising, promotional marketing, and event management. The group publishes eight different publications across 13 states and union territories in five languages, reflecting its broad influence in India's media landscape. Additionally, Jagran Prakashan operates 39 FM radio stations and several web radio stations, further diversifying its media portfolio.

Financial Performance

For the fiscal year ending March 2024, Jagran Prakashan reported a 4.18% year-on-year increase in consolidated revenue from operations, amounting to Rs 1,933.91 crore. This growth underscores the company’s strong market position and its ability to navigate regulatory challenges effectively.

Conclusion

The rescinding of the Rs 202.83 crore GST demand marks a significant victory for Jagran Prakashan, alleviating a major financial concern and allowing the company to focus on its diverse and growing media operations. The company remains optimistic about resolving the remaining GST demand through legal avenues, continuing its trajectory of growth and innovation in the Indian media industry.

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