SHILLONG, May 16: Aimed at setting some regulations on the popular arrow shooting sport locally known as ‘teer’, the state Cabinet has approved the Meghalaya Regulation of the Game of Arrow Shooting and Sale of Teer Tickets Ordinance, 2018.
This decision was taken after the Meghalaya Amusement and Betting Tax (MABT) Act, 1982 was repealed with the implementation of the new tax regime Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July last year.
“When the GST came in this Act (MABT, which have various items under it) was treated as repealed. The Ordinance was necessitated because this item (teer) was not covered under the GST,” Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong said after the Cabinet meeting that was held here on Wednesday.
Home minister and spokesperson of the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, James K Sangma added to this by saying that in the absence of an Act, the Cabinet decided to regulate the game of arrow shooting by approving the Ordinance.
“The Ordinance will enable the government to collect license fees,” he said.
Sangma also said that the revenue generated from the game was Rs 1.1 crore during the year 2014-15 and Rs 1.73 crore in 2015-16. There are 7 organizations authorized by the state government to conduct the arrow shooting in several places of the state.
However, Tynsong added that the after the GST was implemented, the government was not able to collect the license fees (for many months).
Tynsong also said that the department of taxation has been asked to come back with suggestions whether fees can be imposed on teer counters located outside the state.