Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday brought the multi-million rupee cricket extravaganza, the Indian Premier League, and DTH services under the ambit of entertainment tax.

The AIADMK government amended the Tamil Nadu Entertainment Act 1939, to bring the cricket tournaments conducted by the Indian Premier League (IPL), and the direct-to-home (DTH) services under the tax ambit.

Noting that certain states are already levying the tax on these two items, it said the 1939 Act did not contain any provision to levy entertainment tax on IPL matches and DTH services.

"In certain states entertainment tax has been levied on DTH service and on cricket tournaments conducted by IPL. The government has therefore decided to include DTH service and cricket tournaments conducted by IPL within the definition of the term "entertainment" and to levy entertainment rax under the Act," the Bill to amend the Act said.

The Bill, moved by Commercial Taxes Minister SS Krishnamurthy, was adopted by a voice-vote.

(Agencies)