The Delhi government has directed cable operators to provide it with the total number of subscribers, a move aimed at increasing entertainment tax collection. According to the entertainment tax department, a written communication has been sent to multi-system operators (MSOs) to submit details of their local cable operators and cable connections at the earliest.
“There are around 20 MSOs in Delhi. The department has asked them to provide details of their cable connections with each local cable operator. Department has also sought details of addresses and phone numbers of local cable operators under them,” an official said. Cable operators pay entertainment tax based on the number of their connections.
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“The decision has been taken to increase tax collection,” the official said. According to the department, the government had collected Rs 160.72 crore in tax revenue in the financial year 2014-15, while it increased to Rs 261.94 crore in the fiscal 2015-16.