Film industry bundh on February 23

The Kannada film industry has called a bundh on February 23 protesting against the introduction of service tax by the Central government, which the industry says is a huge burden. The industry is unhappy that despite urging the Centre to withdraw the service tax, the response has not been positive.

Following this, a series of meetings were conducted by the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Film Federation of India (FFI) with the All India Producers Guild, Indian Motion Pictures Producers’ Association and all film chambers of India. It was decided by these bodies to observe the bundh on February 23. 

All the artistes of the Kannada film industry, producers, distributors, exhibitors, directors have supported the bundh, during which all activities relating to the film industry will come to a standstill. The FFI will hold a meeting on February 21 in New Delhi, where the pros and cons of the service tax will be discussed.

FFI representatives will meet the state chief ministers, central ministers and officers concerned and submit a memorandum outlining the effect of service tax on the film industry.  
K V Chandrashekhar, President of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce,  said: “The government has fixed a service tax of 10.3 per cent. But as per government policy, we cannot levy this amount on the viewers. If we do that, we will have to face protests by the public. The film industry is already paying several taxes. This will be an additional burden,” he said.

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