In a transfer to assist the movie trade within the state, the Kerala authorities on Monday determined to waive leisure tax for cinemas from January to March 2021 together with 50 per cent discount within the mounted fees on electrical energy throughout the lockdown interval since March final 12 months.
The choice was taken after Kerala Movie Chamber of Commerce officers met Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
“The state authorities has determined to exempt cinema theatres from leisure tax from January to March 2021.The federal government has additionally determined to cut back the mounted fees by 50 per cent,” the chief minister’s workplace mentioned in a launch.
Within the assembly, it was additionally determined that the property tax, which ought to have been paid to native our bodies earlier than March 31, 2020, might be paid in month-to-month instalments. The federal government additionally knowledgeable that it cannot take any determination on the skilled tax.
“The validity of assorted licenses for the cinemas from the native our bodies, electrical inspectorate movies division, constructing health, well being, hearth drive have been prolonged until March 31,” the state authorities mentioned.
The assembly was chaired by the chief minister and attended by Energy minister M M Mani, Minister for native self-government, A C Moideen, Kerala State Electrical energy Board Chairman NS Pillai, amongst others.
“The chief minister understood the difficulties confronted by the movie fraternity and warranted us of all the assistance.”
“With such an assurance in hand, our organisations will meet at Ernakulam as we speak itself and resolve on the opening of the cinemas,” Antony Perumbavur, a producer and officer bearer of one of many movie associations, advised reporters after the assembly.