Mumbai, June 9 : Taking a serious note about the various concerns and issues raised by Film and Television Producers Guild of India regarding the proposed GST rates, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the state government will definitely convey the demands and suggestions of film industry in the forthcoming GST Council meet. He further assured that he will positively request central government to lower the GST rate from 28 per cent to 18 per cent.
Ahead of the GST roll out, the Guild took up the film industry's concerns on GST and other issues during a meeting with Minister of Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu along with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Informing about the prolong deliberations , President of Film and Television Producers Guild Siddharth Roy Kapur said that he is fully satisfied with the approach of both central and state government on various matters of concern, from GST rates to piracy. "A rate of 18 per cent GST or lower on cinema tickets would be in line with global taxation norms for the film sector and would go a long way in ensuring the long-term health of the industry." Said Siddharth.
Citing the examples of international taxation regarding films kapur underlined that, the film industry has been identified as a priority sector in many countries around the world with the provisions of numerous incentives to drive growth and employment. In order lower down the red tapism and fast track clearances the industry representatives have asked for the effective implementation of recommendations of the Shyam Benegal Committee for changes in the film certification process, taxation, scarcity of cinema screens and piracy.
In response to this the state government has agreed to rationalise any additional entertainment tax likely to be imposed by the local bodies in the GST regime, as well as on other long-standing issues such as cinema licensing for new screens as well as modification of existing screens.
Announcing the time bound programme 60 days to vanish the licensing regime state government informed that the government will provided effective ecosystem of single window clearance for shooting of films, television programmes and other audio-visual.
Commenting on the burning issue of piracy and copyrights the delegation of produces suggested the immediate amendment in the existing laws such as Information Technology, Cinematograph and Copyright Acts to protect the legitimate rights of copyright owners. The delegation also hailed the initiative of formation of Maharashtra Intellectual Property Crime Unit to curb the Piracy attempts.