Cine artists, like artists in other performing arts, wither owing to changes in style and trends are due to ageing. There are cases where great artists, who once enthralled the populace with their creative talents, have fallen into utter poverty and distress. In order to provide assistance in cases of extreme hardship, it is proposed to establish a welfare fund. For this purpose, it is proposed to levy, as a cess, a duty of excise at the rate of one thousand rupees on every feature film certified for public exhibition under section 5A of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The duty of excise to be levied shall be in addition to any cess or duty leviable on cinematograph films under any other law for the time being in force.
The Bill seeks to achieve the above object.
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