Live Maharashtra Govt. hikes entertainment duty

According to latest news, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday announced a 10 percent hike in the entertainment duty on movie tickets priced above Rs 250.

An official statement said that the decision to hike the duty was taken at a weekly meeting headed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

It is said in news that the state cabinet has announced to add extra 10 percent entertainment duty on movie tickets priced between Rs 251 and Rs 350.

Briefing information to media, an official said, “However, tickets costing between Re.1 and Rs.250 will see no fresh levy.”

Further, the state cabinet also talked on issues to make sure that the average movie buff gets to watch movies at a reasonable price with family.

During the state cabinet meeting, the state chief minister also senctioned relaxation of service tax on single-screen theatres across A, B, C and D graded city councils for five years.

Reports said, “Maharashtra has 549 single-screen theatres, out of which around 100 are in rural areas. These do not see a full house and often struggle to break even.”

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