Numaish from January 1: Blame GST for hiked ticket price

The 78th All India Industrial Exhibition (AIIE), popularly known as ‘Numaish’ will begin from January 1 and continue up to February 15 at the exhibition grounds at Nampally, officials said. Owing to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), organisers have raised the entry ticket fee from Rs 25 to Rs 30 per person. Entry will be free for children below five years, senior citizens and differently-abled persons.

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AIIE society secretary, NVN Charyulu said the hike was necessary to meet salaries of teaching staff working in 18 educational Institutions run by the AIIE Society in Telangana. “There is a proposal under active consideration to open corpus fund with Rs 2 crore to pay the salaries of our teaching staff and for emergency purposes,” he said.

This year, AIIE Society will be strictly litter-free, under ‘swatchh exhibition’ programme. “We are motivating shopkeepers to put up as many as dustbins and insist visitors use them. Another proposal was also moved to use cloth bags instead of plastic carry bags,” added the secretary.

Every year, nearly 25 lakh visitors visit Numaish, which is said to be one of the oldest exhibitions in the country. “This year, we are expecting 30 lakh visitors. The society has been permitted to open 2,500 stalls to display their produce,”he added.Earlier, minister for Finance Etela Rajender said the government is keen to allot exhibition land for 99 years lease, adding that a G O pertaining to this will be issued.

Source:https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/numaish-from-jan-1-blame-gst-for-hiked-ticket-price/articleshow/62300989.cms
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