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By Our Special Correspondent
In reply to a question on cinemas in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Mr. Krishna said that he was aware that cinema owners were not providing amenities such as clean toilets to filmgoers.
The same could be said about kalyan mantaps stated to be better revenue earners than cinemas.
Toilets were unhygienic in hospitals, bus stations, railway stations and other public places. Without improving them, the quality of life of the people could not go up.
About the main question from S.Suresh Kumar of the BJP, the Chief Minister said that the owners of cinemas in the State had defrauded the Government of entertainment tax revenue of Rs.58.75 crores in the three years from 2000. As many as 1,255 cases of evasion of payment of entertainment tax through means such as furnishing wrong information had been detected.
He agreed with the questioner that some of the cinemas, particularly those in Bangalore, were screening non-Kannada films but claiming tax concessions from the Government stating that they were screening Kannada films. Mr. Krishna said that cinema owners were abusing the incentives extended by the Government for screening Kannada films.
The Chief Minister warned the erring owners that their licences would be revoked if they continued to indulge in malpractices.
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