SOPs soon to restart film production, Javadekar tells film industry

The government is going to issue Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for restarting film production related activities, Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has told industry representatives.

The demand for opening of cinema halls will be examined after looking at the status of COVID-19 pandemic in the month of June, the minister said during his video conference with the Association of Film Producers, Cinema Exhibitioners and Film Industry representatives.

During the meeting, the I&B Minister said that India had over 9,500 screens generating nearly Rs 30 crores per day by way of sale of tickets of cinema halls alone.

Discussing the specific demands of the industry, Javadekar remarked that relief sought by the industry are more in the nature of financial relief such as salary subsidy, interest free loans for three years, exemption on taxes and duties, waiver of minimum demand charges on electricity and electricity at industrial rates etc.

The I&B minister assured the representatives that the issues will be taken up with concerned Ministries for necessary action.

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