Govt earns Rs 7.41 crore as processing fee from applicant MSOs

NEW DELHI: The Government has collected a sum of Rs 7.41 crore during the last three years until 27 January, 2015 from Multi System Operators (MSOs) for providing digital addressable Cable TV service in the country.


The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) collects Rs 1 lakh from each applicant as processing fee at the time of submission of application for registration of MSOs.


It received Rs 3 lakh in 2011-12, Rs  1.80 crore in 2012-13; Rs 79 lakh in 2013-14; and Rs 79 lakh in 2015 (up to 27 January).


Ministry sources told that some of the States have levied entertainment tax on cable services, which is collected directly by the concerned State Governments. In addition, cable operators are also required to pay service tax and any other applicable taxes to the Central Government.


However, the MIB does not maintain any information relating to collection of these taxes.

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