With the animation and gaming sectors rapidly-burgeoning, the
Maharashtra Government has proposed granting industry status and
extending benefits to them, akin to those available to IT units in
the state, a senior State Government official said.
Besides the above two sectors, the
Government will also extend the same benefits to two more related
segments-- visual effects and comics, he said.
"There is a huge potential in the animation, visual-effects, gaming
and comics (AVGC) space which is growing by leaps and bounds every
year. We want to prepare a specific policy to promote these sectors
as a separate industry," the State's Development Commissioner
(Industries), Sanjay Sethi, told PTI here.
A task force comprising the Mahratta Chamber of Commerce, Industries
and Agriculture (MCCIA), NASSCOM and experts from the field was
working on the policy.
"We have recommended that the State should encourage development of
AVGC parks by providing incentives like additional FSI, tax benefits
and making available electricity at cheaper rates, among others,"
MCCIA's Joint Chairman, Ashish Kulkarni, said.
MCCIA has also recommended that entertainment tax not be levied on
AVGC units at least for the next five-years.
The Government should also make a provision for a promotional fund
in its budget for the next three-years, he said.