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Second highest tax slab for artistes under GST illogical, says Shubha Mudgal

The singer spoke up for artistes' rights through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) structrure on Twitter yesterday.


Veteran vocalist Shubha Mudgal, who has been batting for royalty rights for artistes, has now questioned the logic behind a GST slab of 18% for them.

The GST Council on Friday, 10 November, announced a major revamp of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) structure.

"GST for artistes continues at 18%? Guess so, because they aren't vote banks. Neither will they get together to lobby for a change. On a conceptual level, can art be categorised either as goods or services," Mudgal tweeted late on Friday.

"Most government organisations pay artistes very little, for example, AIR (All India Radio) still pays under Rs15,000 to top grade artistes. But when it comes to GST, we are in the second highest slab at 18%. No logic applied. Waah," added the Hindustani classical vocalist.

Mudgal is an active performer, and has always spoken up for artistes' rights.

According to reports, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) had summoned the heads of top Hindi music companies for allegedly failing to pay royalty to lyricists and composers. This was after an FIR was filed earlier this year on the basis of Mudgal's complaint.