The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) has demanded entertainment tax relief to certain extent saying it has to give thousands of free tickets to several agencies including the government.
The demand is significant in view of introduction of the 10% entertainment duty in rural areas. VCA’s new Jamtha stadium falls in a gram panchayat area and so the body will be liable to pay tax in future. The association will host more than eight World Cup and Indian Premier League matches this year. World Cup begins on February 19. VCA honorary secretary Prakash Dixit has recently written to revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat. “VCA has to give tickets for free to parent bodies like the BCCI and ICC and cricketers. We also give free tickets to school students and government agencies,” Dixit wrote. “Please grant us permission to give 15% free seats out of the total capacity of 44,900,” Dixit said. Thus the number of tax-free tickets will be about 7,000. The limited overs’ cricket matches were brought under the tax regime for the first time last week when the state Cabinet noticed that the hosts made a lot of profit but offered no revenue share to the government. The minister was unavailable for comments.