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Direct-to-home sector seeks infrastructure treatment

Says the sector should be allowed tax concessions under Section 80-IA of the Income Tax Act

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 



Direct-to-home (DTH) television operators, represented by the DTH Operators Association, have written to the finance ministry ahead of the requesting the DTH and cable television sector be treated as infrastructure .

"All the benefits and incentives given to the infrastructure should be extended to the cable and DTH sector, including the availability of finance at a concessional rate. The sector should be allowed tax concessions under Section 80-IA of the Income Tax Act," said R C Venkateish, CEO of Dish TV and president of DTH Operators Association.

According to him, the digitisation process and the deployment of set-top boxes require huge investments and, hence, operator should be allowed to offset their accumulated losses and carry forward unabsorbed depreciation under Section 72 A of the Income Tax Act. India has six private DTH players - Tata Sky, Dish TV, Airtel DTH, Reliance Digital TV, Sun Direct, and Videocon d2h.

First Published: Wed, January 14 2015. 00:43 IST

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