Various bodies of the South Indian film industry will take part in a one-day token fast on 7 January to protest against the 12.36 per cent service tax imposed by the Union government on all crafts of film and small screen industries, said president of South Indian Film Artistes’ Association, Sarath Kumar.
Addressing media persons, Sarath Kumar, said, 'Though tax imposition is effective since July this year, we thought this would be the right time to raise our voice, as the next annual budget session is due in a few months'.
The government already rolled back a similar proposal in 2010 following a plea from the entire film industry, he noted. He said the service tax would make cinema and television unaffordable for the general public and a financial burden for those involved in the business.
Though the venue where the fast would take place is yet to be finalised, Sarath Kumar said the Tamil Film Producer’s Council (TFPC), Film Employee’s Federation of South India (FEFSI), South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) and other crafts from small screen industry have confirmed their participation.