MUMBAI: Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil ordered the concerned authority not to renew the licences of cable operators and event companies in Pune if dues from them are outstanding.
MLA Bhimrao Tapkir and Vijay Kale raised the issue in the assembly during question hour. “In Pune district, Rs 17 crore is pending with cable operators, while Rs 71 crore is pending with multiplexes and event companies. Now they are are refusing to pay entertainment taxes as Goods and Service Taxes (GST) is in force,” Tapkir informed the house and asked for more information.
Replying to Tapkir’s issue, Patil said that the entertainment tax has been abolished after implementation of GST from July 2017. “In Pune urban and rural division, the Collector has recovered Rs 2.45 crore out of Rs 17 crore from 1,171 cable operators. The recovery of the remaining amount is under process as per the law. But there is no outstanding with the event companies,” Patil clarified.
“The Collector also asked the director to the postmaster general not to renew the licenses of cable operators if the dues are pending against them,” said Patil.
Tapkir further asked whether theatre owners charged entertainment tax and collected it from the patrons during the tax free period. Replying to this, Patil said, “The High Court has dismissed the Collector’s notices issued to the particular theatre owners to deposit the extra amount charged from the public as entertainment tax to the government treasury.
“The High Court directed the Revenue Secretary to decide the charges on basis of merit.”