Stakeholders meet Maharashtra state official on shooting SOP

Various associations interacted with the officers on resuming production activities

MUMBAI: Major stakeholders of the media and entertainment industry attended a zoom meeting with Maharashtra state cultural affairs secretary Sanjay Mukherjee on 28 May and talked about SOPs for production resumption.

The meeting was truly encouraging and there were a lot of fruitful co,nclusions regarding the future of the entertainment Industry, said a press release by Federation of Western India Cine Employees.

In the zoom meeting, The Producers Guild of India was represented by Apoorva Mehta and Madhu Bhojwani. Federation of Western India Cine Employess (FWICE) was represented by Ashoke Pandit chief advisor, B N Tiwari, president, and Ashok Dubey, general secretary. Indian Motion Pictures Producer's Association (IMPPA) was represented by T P Aggarwal.

Western India Film Producer's Association (WIFPA) was represented by Sangram Shirke and Dharam Mehra. Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal (MCM) was represented by its president Meghraj Bhosale. Aadesh Bandekar also attended the meeting.

The following points were discussed in the meeting:

1. Post-production activities should immediately start in line with all the health, safety and security norms and guidelines issued by the government.

2. A proper financial package has to be worked out by the state government to facilitate the entertainment industry.

3. State government should call for all the insurance companies to come up with new ideas for designing suitable policies for the members of the entertainment industry to cope with the Covid2019 disease.

4. Premises owned by the state government should be given free of cost to the producers and the production houses for carrying out shoots along with a facility of single window permission.

5. There should be no rental on sets that are erected in the Film City which are lying unused due to the lockdown. After the lockdown, the premises in Film City should be given to producers and production houses at subsidised rate so as to cope with the losses incurred due to the lockdown.

6. Chief secretary Sanjay Mukherjee will review the SOPs already submitted by the stakeholders and present to the government.

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