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Karna bud proposes max admission fee of Rs 200 in theatres

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

: A maximum ceiling of Rs 200 in admission fee at cinema theatres in Karnataka, including multiplexes, was today proposed in the state budget presented by Chief Minister in the assembly today.

It also proposed to make it mandatory for multiplexes to screen Kannada and regional cinema during the prime time.

The proposals in the 2017-18 budget follow recommendations by the 14-member committee, headed byfilmmaker and Chairman of Chalanachitra Academy S V Babu, s constituted to draft apolicy for promotion of Kannada cinema.

"It is proposed to implement uniform admission fee policy in all cinema theatres, including multiplexes in the State, by prescribing Rs 200 as maximum admission fee," said in his budget speech in the Assembly.

"Exhibiting Kannada and regional language films in one screen of multiplex cinemas of the state in prime time between 1.30 PM to 7.30 PM will be made compulsory," he added.

There were demands from various stakeholders of thefilm industry to the government, urging it to cap multiplexentry fee at Rs 120 on the lines of neighbouring Tamil Nadu.

The Chief Minister also proposed that the amount given tocharitable fund established for medical benefits to workers,technicians and artistes of the film industry be enhanced fromRs one crore to Rs 10 crore.

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First Published: Wed, March 15 2017. 18:28 IST