MB Rajesh | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Local self-government minister MB Rajesh on Monday said that the government has, in fact, reduced the entertainment tax from 24 to 12 percent for tickets to the India-Sri Lanka ODI at Karyavattom.
He was responding to reports and criticism that the government had increased the match tax.
The government can charge up to 50 per cent tax in this category. For the last match, the tax was reduced to 5 per cent from 24 per cent. This was since the stadium had not hosted matches for a long time and it was difficult for the cricket association to do maintenance works.
This situation has changed now. The decision to charge 12 per cent tax was made after discussing with the Kerala Cricket Association. It is still half the normal rate, the minister said.
Earlier, the decision to charge 12 per cent entertainment tax for the upcoming match had drawn criticism. Sports minister V Abdurahiman courted controversy by stating that those who are starving need not come to watch the match.
Sales of tickets to the match scheduled for January 15 started on Saturday. The ticket rate starts at Rs 1,300. Tickets can be bought here.