NEW DELHI: Four schemes finalised during the Eleventh Plan
by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry have now been
shifted to the 12th Plan because of tardy progress in getting
approvals of the Planning Commission.
that the Ministry has failed to learn lessons from the past,
the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information Technology
has exhorted the Ministry to look into this and ensure that
the implementation of the schemes start during the first year
itself or in the earlier part of the year so that the allocations
earmarked for the year 2012-13 are utilised.
schemes are setting up of a Global Film School; setting up
of a National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Gaming and
Special Effects; National Film Heritage Mission under Film
Sector; and an International Channel under Doordarshan, which
could not be formally approved during the long period of five
plan for upgrading the Film and Television Institute of India
into a Global Film School had been finalised with comprehensive
rationalisation and restructuring but it will now be included
in the umbrella scheme of Infrastructure Development programme
relating to Film Sector in the 12th Plan.
National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Gaming and Special
Effects and the Doordarshan International channel are now
new schemes under the 12th Plan, while the National Film Heritage
Mission is part of the Twelfth Plan new scheme as a Special
asked about timeline chalked out for early approval and implementation
of these Schemes, the Ministry has replied that the approval
of new schemes involves a four stage appraisal-cum-approval
process: in-principle approval; preparation of Detailed Project
Reports (DPRs) and preparation of EFC /SFC memos; appraisal
of SFC / EFC memos; and approval by the competent authority.
Ministry has already submitted the proposals to the Planning
Commission. The work on the second stage is under progress
and is likely to be completed shortly. Ministry sources said
this may be possible by August/September 2012.
outlay is essential for each scheme of the Ministry for appraisal
and approval. However, pending that, the Ministry is currently
considering processing the scheme for appraisal/approval,
taking the approved outlay of 2012-13, as a temporary measure,
pending the finalisation of XII plan outlay. This will ensure
implementation of the schemes at the earliest envisaged during
Ministry could have started from the stage the approval process
was left during the Eleventh Plan which could have made these
schemes on the implementation mode during the first year of
the Twelfth Plan, the Committee said.