KOLLAM: Kerala Chief Minister Pinnarayi Vijayan on Sunday assured the cinema industry in the state that his cabinet will take up the issue of reducing the 10 per cent entertainment tax.
“Conducted meeting with top film personalities at Ernakulam Guest house. Discussed the entertainment tax, slapped in the recent budget. The state government promised to take up the issue seriously. The government will promote the interests of film artists and the industry as a whole”, CM Vijayan said in a Facebook post after a meeting with top film personalities.
Earlier, Finance Minister Thomas Issac had allowed the local bodies to collect 10 per cent entertainment tax on cinema tickets.
“The tax will hit common people as well as the industry. It would increase prices of movie tickets and cause to desolation to the film industry”, FEFKA general secretary B. Unnikrishnan said.
"CM promised us to take this issue at the next cabinet meeting and suitable modifications would be made," he added.
With 10 per cent fresh tax, the minimum price of ticket in a single-screen theatre would be Rs 125 and in multiplexes start at Rs 165.
Mammootty, Mohanlal, Antony Perumbavoor, Appachan, Bobby Antony, M Renjit, Anto Joseph and Sohan Seenulal representing various organisations attended the meeting.