Hyderabad: Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy has assured the film industry that the Centre is contemplating granting permission to all theatres across the nation to resume operations.
Speaking to representatives of the Telugu film industry through a video conference on Saturday, he said the permission for shootings would also be granted soon.
Prominent cine personalities Daggubati Suresh Babu, Director Teja, Gemini Kiran, Tripuraneni Varaprasad, Damu Kanuri, Vivek Kuchibhotla, Anil Shukla, Abhishek Aggarwal, Sharat, Prashanth, Ravi and others participated in the meeting. They discussed issues related to shootings, theatres, captive power, piracy, OTT (Over The Top media) release, regional GST, TDS and package for movie artistes.
Responding to the requests made by the film personalities, Kishan Reddy said the Centre was keen on permitting theatres to function soon and was also serious about curbing piracy. He assured them that he would speak with Ministers concerned about granting permission for captive power for the film industry and about the regional GST. He also promised them his help in constructing cine studios and permitting shootings anywhere in the country, including Jammu and Kashmir, by convincing the Chief Ministers of different States.
The Minister said he was keen on meeting representatives from the south and Hindi film industries in a separate meeting to discuss issues. He said the Centre had released sufficient funds for migrant workers and would take all necessary steps to save medium and small scale industries. Seeking the cooperation of all sections of people to fight the pandemic, he said 80 per cent of the coronavirus cases were registered in Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, West Bengal and Delhi, and 60 per cent of the cases from just five cities.
While urging people to wear masks and take personal care, Kishan Reddy said the Union government had so far operated 2,000 trains to transport migrant workers to their native States and that it was ready to operate more. He said that the proposed electricity reforms were aimed at making “one nation, one grid” a reality. He expressed confidence that the country would come out of the predicament soon.
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