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Budget: Customs duty reduction on digital headend equipments

NEW DELHI: In a move that would encourage digitisation, the government today announced provision of project import status at the concessional customs duty of 5 per cent on investment in digital head-end equipment.
 
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in his Budget for 2010-11 also announced that there will be full exemption from special additional duty to the initial setting up of such projects. 
 
Mukherjee said cable transmission of entertainment was undergoing a transformation with the adoption of digital technology and multi-service operators (MSOs) want to invest in digital head-end equipments in keeping with the times.


The conferment of project import status will also spare importers of such digital head-end equipment from various procedural and valuation rigour. Clearances will be faster and relatively hassle free.


The concession on customs duty should help faster digitalisation of the cable TV sector.
 

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