New Delhi : Multi System Operators and DTH operators have opposed Delhi government’s move to double the entertainment tax which would be applicable on cable TV and DTH services, saying that it would put additional burden on the common man.
According to All India Digital Cable Federation (AIDCF), the doubling of entertainment tax by Delhi Govt would be an added burden on the common man whose main source of entertainment is the television.
“The said proposal of Delhi Government is like giving a piece of bread with right hand and snatching back the same from left hand. AIDCF strictly condemns the proposed hike,” said AIDCF, a body for MSOs.
On the other hand the DTH operators Association also lambasted the proposed entertainment tax by Delhi Govt with a strong statement from its President Anil Khera.
Anil Khera in his statement against the entertainment tax by Delhi Govt said, “By dropping electricity prices on one hand and increasing Entertainment Tax on DTH on the other, it does not seem like a move in favour of the Aam Admi! Is this how we plan to achieve a balance budget and reduce fiscal deficit?”
Presenting the annual budget last week, Delhi government had proposed to double the entertainment tax to 40 per cent from 20 per cent.
The DTH Operators and Cable TV Operators in Delhi are likely to pass on the steep hike in entertainment tax by Delhi Govt to the customers, which is expected to burn a hole in the pockets of the common man.