08/07/2016 4:47 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Movie Goers In Haryana May Have To Pay 'Cow Cess' On Tickets

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Close-up of the eye of a local cow calf, Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

Moviegoers in Haryana could soon be paying five percent "cow cess" on cinema tickets, furthering the Haryana government's push to secure the welfare of the bovines which are considered sacred by many Hindus.

The Haryana Gau Sewa Ayog has sent a proposal to the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government to impose five percent 'cow cess' on cinema tickets in addition to the 20 percent entertainment tax, The Times of India reported today.

In January, the Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog, which falls under the Animal Husband and Dairying Department, had proposed the imposition of "gau sewa tax" of Rs.2 on each bottle of liquor sold in the state, but the idea was reportedly shot down because the RSS did not want to take care of animals with money from alcohol.

In addition to the proposed tax on movie, the Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog also wants to levy Rs.1 on each bag of wheat, paddy and other crops bought from the state's mandis, TOI reported.

That's not all.

The Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog also wants to Rs. 2,100 at the time of booking a banquet hall for a function, and it wants 50% donations from government-managed temples to protect cows, TOI reported.

Amit Arya, Khattar's media adviser to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, said that government would consider the commission's suggestions.

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