Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao assured the Telugu film industry on Sunday that the State government will take all the measures required to protect and support the industry.
The Chief Minister, who held a meeting with film personalities at Pragathi Bhavan here, said concessions and exemptions would be given to support the film industry and workers as they had suffered losses due to the suspension of film shootings and closure of theatres on account of Covid pandemic.
Representatives from the film industry explained to Chandrashekhar Rao the losses incurred by the industry due to the pandemic and requested his support.
Responding positively to their request, the Chief Minister said: “The State government has taken several measures to attract industries to the State. In such a scenario, will the government keep quiet when an existing industry is in trouble? Hyderabad is the centre of a very large film industry like in Chennai, and lakhs of people are employed in it and are dependent on it,” he said, adding that the pandemic had hit the film industry just as it had done in other sectors too.
Stating that everyone had the responsibility to save and protect the film industry, Chandrashekhar Rao said: “Both the government and film personalities should make joint attempts to tackle this crisis. On behalf of the government, we will take all the necessary measures. We will include in the TRS GHMC poll manifesto the measures we will take for the benefit of the film industry.”
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Film Chamber President and General secretaries Narayan Das Narang, K L Damodar Prasad, Producers’ Council President C Kalyan, Distributor Sudhakar Reddy, Producer Niranjan Reddy and others participated in the meeting. It was also decided that a meeting would be held at actor Chiranjeevi’s house soon to discuss the matter threadbare.
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