Nadigar Sangam To Meet CM Regarding Tax Relief

Oct 09, 2017
Nadigar Sangam To Meet CM Regarding Tax Relief

The levy of 10% entertainment tax without any major regulation of the prices of movie tickets was one of the main concerns raised at the 64th general body meeting of the Nadigar Sangam or the South India Artists Association, on Saturday.

Nadigar Sangam General Secretary Vishal announced on Sunday that a delegation will be meeting Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami over the issue.

But it is unsure if their plea will be considered as the state information minister Kadambur Raju has now stated that there are no plans to roll back the tax.

"We have no plans to reduce or rollback the entertainment tax as of now," the Information Minister told the media on Monday. "Since ticket prices have been revised, the film industry won't be affected by this move," he added.

As per the orders issued by Home (Cinema) Department on Saturday, the ticket prices in multiplexes which have more than three screens and other facilities like airconditioning, family entertainment and restaurant facilities, was increased to Rs 150. The minimum fare of Rs 10 has been hiked to Rs 15.

Other multiplexes with two theatres and lesser facilities in various zones will be allowed to charge a base rate between Rs 106.30 and Rs 118.80, according to their grades.

A GST of 28% will then be added to this base rate. This means that watching a film in the larger multiplexes will now cost Rs 192.

"It is unfair as no other state government in India has come up with such exorbitant taxes," said Vishal."We appeal to the government to reconsider their order. My team and I will be meeting the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister over this matter on October 10th," he added.


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