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Haryana cabinet meet: Movie buffs in state to pay more

Duty to be levied on entertainment points, outlets in municipal areas and will be uniform across the state.

india Updated: Jul 26, 2017 10:58 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Haryana cabinet meet,movie tickets,to cost more
The duty on public entertainment will be collected by urban municipal bodies.(HT File/Representative image )

Watching movies in cinema halls will become costlier in Haryana with the Cabinet on Tuesday giving nod to the Haryana Municipal Entertainment Duty Bill, 2017, for levying entertainment duty.

The entertainment duty will be in addition to the Goods and Services tax (GST) levied on entertainment. The duty will be levied on entertainment points, outlets in municipal areas and will be uniform across the state. There will be a common list of exempted events or shows of entertainments.

The price of cinema tickets was reduced after the imposition of GST in the state. Before the introduction of GST, 30% entertainment tax was levied on movie tickets. However, after the imposition of GST from July 1, movie tickets less than Rs 100 attracted 18% GST while tickets over Rs 100 were levied 28% GST, bringing a relief for movie watchers.

The duty on public entertainment will be collected by urban municipal bodies. Once the Haryana Municipal Entertainment Duty Bill is passed in the next assembly session, the movie-goers will have to shell out more. Officials said funds received from entertainment duty would be utilised by municipalities on civic amenities in urban areas.

Voluntary education service rules approved

The Cabinet also approved the Haryana Voluntary State Education Service Rules, 2017, for taking over teaching and non-teaching staff working on sanctioned or aided posts in aided schools.

An official spokesperson said Rule 6 relating to responsibility of managements of aided schools and Rule 7 relating to constitution of committees for redressal of grievances have been included in the Rules to watch the interests of students and their parents and to avoid mis-utilisation of land and building by the managements of aided schools.

This will ensure clearance of the dues of employees before their appointment under these rules, the official said.

Under these rules, grant-in-aid would not be payable to aided schools in respect of the posts taken over in the voluntary education service. However, if an employee does not opt for voluntary education service, grant-in-aid for such employee would continue to be reimbursed as per the provision made in Rule 54 of the Haryana School Education Rules, 2003.

The mere taking over of employees in the voluntary education service will not absolve the management of the responsibility to clear the pending dues. The employees will have every right to claim their dues from the previous management in respect of service benefits.

Ground coverage for commercial colony increased

The Cabinet also approved that the ground coverage of commercial colony in transit-oriented development (TOD) policy may also be made 60%. Similarly, in respect of mixed land use colony in TOD, maximum 50% ground coverage may be allowed.

An official spokesperson said the town and country planning department had prepared a policy for innovative financing of mass rapid transit system (MRTS) projects in February 2016. Under this policy, the ground coverage of commercial colony was 40%, whereas under the Haryana Building Code, it is 60%. The TOD policy also contained provision of mixed land use colony comprising residential and commercial components. However, there was no provision of ground coverage in the TOD policy or in Haryana Building Code for mixed land use colony.

Therefore, it was decided to bring ground coverage of commercial colony in TOD policy from 40% to 60%.

In another decision, the Cabinet approved to calculate fee for renewal of licence of colonies on the basis of notified licence fees prevalent at the time of grant of part-completion certificate. This decision was taken to expedite the grant of completion certificates, the spokesperson said.

For granting completion certificates for licensed colonies under the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, wherein the part completion certificates were granted but final completion certificate was not obtained, the dispute over levy of fees for renewal of licence was causing hindrance. The renewal fee was calculated on the basis of current notified licence fee which was considered as too steep by licence holders.

First Published: Jul 26, 2017 10:56 IST