Bengaluru: The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) today said 28 per cent GST on cue sport goods will deeply affect the spot and urged t...
Bengaluru: The Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI) today said 28 per cent GST on cue sport goods will deeply affect the spot and urged the union government to bring on par with 12 per cen as tax levied on other sports goods.
In a letter to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, copy of which was released to the press here, BSFI Hon.
Secretary S Balasubramaniam said that while other sports goods are taxed at 12 per cent Goods related to Cue sports are taxed at 28 per cent.
He said that Billiards Sports has been an competitive sport since 1875 and was included in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games and continued till 2010 Asian Games in Ghangzou, China.
India has won a lot medals and produced many world champions in this sport, Padam Vibhushan, Padam Shri, Arjun Awards, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards have been conferred on the players.
India has more World Titles in Cue Sports compared to any other Sport and the icons of the game from Wilson Jones, Michael Ferreira, Geet Sethi and currently Pankaj Advani have also been great Ambassadors for our Country.
"It is rather unfortunate that this sport has been clubbed with parlour and video games," he added.
Mr Balasubramaniam, appealing for ratification to remove the anamoly in the next GST Council meeting, said that the rate of 28 per cent will affect the sport at a time when the Sports Ministry has been encouraging sports other than cricket.
"This 28 per cent Tax will affect the Billiards Sports industry also.
Many taxes have been subsumed by GST but here an additional tax is slapped at a time when we talk of one tax one nation, there can not be two taxes for sports," he added.
I am confident that this has escaped the kind attention of the concerned worthy members of the Council.
Hope the matter will receive your earliest attention and Cue sports will be covered under sports goods to be taxed at 12 per cent