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Now, cable operators to exercise RTI

HOW ABOUT some vigilance activity of a different kind? The 250-odd cable operators in the city have plans of pinning down the State Entertainment Tax Department on the issue of not divulging complete data on its actual taxpayers base and total revenue collections in the city.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2006 01:07 IST

HOW ABOUT some vigilance activity of a different kind? The 250-odd cable operators in the city have plans of pinning down the State Entertainment Tax Department on the issue of not divulging complete data on its actual taxpayers base and total revenue collections in the city. 

The UP Cable Operators’ Welfare Association has decided to file an application under the Right To Information (RTI) Act with the State Entertainment Tax Department for seeking details not only on the number of actual cable connections offered by each operator in the city but also the quantum of Entertainment Tax being collected from them.

The association would later verify the data provided by the Entertainment Tax Department under the RTI Act for pointing out any irregularities in the collection of Entertainment Tax in the Lucknow region.

“We are being compelled to take the RTI route to find out the truth about some cable operators either being totally exempted from paying tax or being taxed for only 25 to 50 per cent of their total cable connections in the city,” Anil Upadhyaya, president of the UP Cable Operators’ Welfare Association told HT.

The issues relating to collection of Entertainment Tax from cable operators had been hanging fire with the State Government for quite some time. Since no information was forthcoming on the actual number of cable connections with each cable operator in the city, it was decided to seek the information under the RTI Act from the Department, he said.

Upadhyaya said lack of any transparency shown in the work of Entertainment Tax collection from cable operators had led to some of the operators even paying more tax than their counterparts in the cable business.

“The queries sought under the RTI Act will enable the association to find out the number of cable connections existing in the records of the Entertainment Tax Department and whether taxes had been collected in proportion to the number of cable connections existing in the city,” Upadhyaya added.