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Updated on: Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 05:42 AM IST

Bhopal: Cinema Halls Assocation files PIL in High Court

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Cinema Hall Association (CHA) has filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in High Court challenging civic bodies tax in addition to Goods and Services Tax (GST) on cinema in Madhya Pradesh on ground that how can state government charge two taxes on single cinema-ticket? On the second day of strike of Cinema Hall Association- 252 single screen cinemas and 113 multiplexes in MP remained closed. Cinema Owners Association general secretary Azizuddin and members of Central Cine Circuit Association, told media on Saturday, “Our delegates in Delhi are meeting with UAD minister Maya Singh.

We expect favorable results. Secondly, we have filed PIL in High Court challenging civic body’s tax on cinema.” “There is already GST ranging from 18 per cent to 28 per cent. In addition to it, civic bodies have levied tax ranging from 5 per cent (below Rs100 ticket cost), 10 per cent (from Rs 100 to Rs 200 ticket cost) and 15 per cent (above Rs200 ticket cost). Beside, Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is charging Rs200 per show. In Indore, there is no such tax while in other cities; it is just Rs 50 per show. This is too much of harassment for us,” he added.

“If demands are not fulfilled, the strike will continue. But we are hopeful that UAD minister Maya Singh will take some favourable decision. In fact, it is pathetic condition with cinema hall and despite all odds, we are providing entertainment to common man at reasonable rate. In other state, there is no entertainment tax. It is Madhya Pradesh where government imposed so many taxes,” he added.

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Published on: Sunday, October 07, 2018, 10:14 AM IST
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