BENGALURU: Dealing a big blow to the multiplex owners, and keeping with the budget promise,chief minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday said the government will issue the orders capping multiplex tickets at Rs 200 this month.
The capping of ticket price will be implemented for all language movies according to the government policy.
“From next month, the multiplexes must follow the orders. I will be signing on those orders later this month,” Siddaramaiah said.
When said the multiplexes may not abide by, and especially for Kannada movies they may try to create unfavourable conditions, Siddaramaiah said: “Once we issue the orders, everyone will have to follow them.”
Siddaramaiah said if the multiplexes will not abide by their rules and regulations then action will be initiated against them.
Considering the 2018 assembly elections, the capping of ticket prices will translate as a Congress government agenda to gain popular momentum in the urban pockets of the state.
However, information department officials said the proposal is yet to be worked out and requires clearances from several departments.
“The rules and regulations are yet to be worked out. We will be sending the proposal for vetting to the law department and also to the finance department. Once the vetting process is completed, the proposal will move to the cabinet and then the orders will be issued,” said a senior official from the department.
The government is trying to ensure that stakeholders in the policy are not aggrieved and that the policy, once rolled out, is not challenged in any court of law.
Officials say it is just a matter of time, and that the proposal will be completed in the coming days for cabinet clearances later this month.
The state budget 2017-18 had laid out the promise of capping multiplex tickets at Rs 200, after the government was urged to look into the concept which has been implemented in neighbouring state of Tamil Nadu.