BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Monday said the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) will not have a big impact on film ticket prices for Kannada films. According to the latest revision, regional cinema tickets below `100 will be charged a GST of 18 per cent while cinema tickets above `100 will be charged a GST of 28 per cent.
“Since we cannot exemptKannada cinema from GST, we are proposing if we can reimburse the additional charge on tickets to theatre owners. Our officials will talk to film chambers before,” he said.
The state Legislative Council recently passed the GST bill. Prior to this, the CM had presented the issue of film ticket prices to Council members, requesting their co-operation. Under the existing tax system, Kannada cinemas are exempted.
Bill to end Russian representation on Roerich Estate Board tabled
Bengaluru: The state government on Monday tabled the Roerich and Devikarani Roerich Estate(Acquisition and Transfer) (Amendment) Bill, 2017, to end the representation for Russian nationals in the Board of trustees of Roerich and Devika Rani Estate.
The bill was necessitated following a High Court order which had ruled that presence of Russian nationals on the board is ultra-vires of the sovereignty of the country. The bill provides for amending Section 21 of the 1996 Act which had made provision for four Russian representatives in the 15-member Roerich Estate Board. The state government plans to speed up the decision making process in the board to implement the proposals to refurbish the residence of the Roerichs and the adjoining studio with all the trappings of the halcyon days of the couple.