As cinemas across Tamil Nadu stayed closed for the third day in a row on Wednesday over double taxation, Abirami Ramanathan, President of Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce, said a confident outcome can be thought soon from the continuous demonstration. Even megastar Rajinikanth advised the government to consider the request.
Megastar Rajinikanth also urged the state government to take a choice for the industry’s advantage by doing away with the extra 30 % entertainment tax that it is levying over and above the GST rate of 28 %. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film sectors. It is only Tamil Nadu Govt. That has introduced it to 30 %. Filmmaking in this state has been made difficult purposely.
Senior authorities of the Tamil film producers’ authorities, South Indian Artistes Association along with cinema entrepreneurs and suppliers, who met Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday, made the decision to carry on their demonstration, as the conference did not yield any positive result.
The problem also echoed in the continuous Assembly session yesterday with opposition parties DMK and Congress raising it. Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani informed associates that the government would give due consideration to problems of all parts of people.
Besides the local tax, a GST of 18 % has been set for passes cost below Rs 100 and 28 % for those above Rs 100.
Association members had also met Finance Minister D Jayakumar who confident them that the government was with them and the issue needed a choice at the policy level.