Kerala waives entertainment tax for theatres


In a transfer to assist the movie trade within the state, the Kerala authorities on Monday determined to waive entertainment tax for theatres from January to March 2021 together with 50 per cent discount within the fastened expenses on electrical energy throughout the lockdown interval since March final 12 months.

The resolution was taken after Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce officers met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in Thiruvananthapuram.

“The state government has decided to exempt cinema theatres from entertainment tax from January to March 2021. The government has also decided to reduce the fixed charges by 50 per cent,” the chief minister’s workplace mentioned in a launch.

In the assembly, it was additionally determined that the property tax, which ought to have been paid to native our bodies earlier than March 31, 2020, will be paid in month-to-month installments. The authorities additionally knowledgeable that it can’t take any resolution on the skilled tax.

“The validity of various licenses for the cinemas from the local bodies, electrical inspectorate films division, building fitness, health, fire force have been extended till March 31,” the state authorities mentioned.

The assembly was chaired by the chief minister and attended by Power minister M M Mani, Minister for native self-government, A C Moideen, Kerala State Electricity Board Chairman N S Pillai, amongst others.

“The chief minister understood the difficulties faced by the film fraternity and assured us of all the help. With such an assurance in hand, our organisations will meet at Ernakulam today itself and decide on the opening of cinemas,” Antony Perumbavoor, a producer and officer bearer of one of many movie associations, informed reporters after the assembly.

Earlier, the state authorities had lifted restrictions on theatres and mentioned it may very well be opened from January 5 with solely 50 per cent occupancy and adhering to strict COVID-19 pointers.

Mammootty, Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Prithviraj Sukumaran, Asif Ali, Kunchacko Boban, Dulquer Salmaan, Nivin Pauly, Tovino Thomas and Dileep took to social media and thanked the chief minister for asserting concessions for the movie trade.

Mohanlal expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the CM for asserting “concessions to energise Malayalam cinema”.

Mammootty mentioned the transfer might revive the Malayalam movie trade which was in disaster.

“Lots of respect going out to our Honorable Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan for his efforts to breathe life back into the struggling Malayalam film industry,” Dulquer Salmaan posted on Facebook.

“The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone and I sincerely hope his efforts will help pull everyone in the industry back on their feet,” he added.


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