Prakash Javedkar, The Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting held a meeting over video conference on 2 June 2020 with the Association of Film Producers, Cinema Exhibitioners, and Film Industry representatives. The meeting was held by the Minister to address the difficulties they are facing in the industry due to COVID-19, representations which were made by these parties and sent to the Minister.
On the issue of restarting the industry and production-related activities, it was claimed that the standard operating system procedures are being issued by the government, said the minister. Speaking about the opening of Cinema Halls, following demands raised by the audience, the I&B minister said, “It will be examined after looking at the status of the COVID-19 pandemic month of June.”
The minister appreciated the fact that India had over 9,500 screens generating nearly Rs 30 crore per day alone by way of sale of cinema halls. Addressing the specific demands of the industry, Javedkar remarked that relief sought by the industry is more in the nature of financial relief such as salary subsidy, on taxes and duties, waiver of minimum demand charges on electricity, and electricity at industrial rates, etc.
The Minister assured the representatives that the issues will be taken up with concerned ministries for necessary action.