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Producers defer strike to resolve issues amicably



December 29, 2010 08:00:51 PM IST
Glamsham Editorial
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In an unprecedented meeting in Delhi on Tuesday, 28th December 2010 which included senior leaders of the Congress & the UPA government, the Congress General Secretary - Shri Ahmed Patel, Hon'ble I&B Minister - Mrs Ambika Soni & Hon'ble HRD Minister - Shri Kapil Sibal, many of the long pending grievances of the film Industry were raised by the members of the Indian Film Industry, which included Copyright amendment bill, heavy and multiple tax burden on the film sector, statutory radio licensing and royalty issues etc.

"The industry has been facing with various issues, like copyright issue, heavy taxation among other things, which has brought the industry to a paralytic stage. However, yesterday we had a very important meeting with senior leaders of the Congress and the UPA Government and we got a very positive response. In fact they greeted us with a very positive statement 'this government is committed to the principles of justice and not personalities", said Mukesh Bhatt.

ASHOK PANDIT, RAMESH SIPPY, MUKESH BHATT, T.P.AGARWAL and DINESH CHATURVEDI AT FILM FEDERATION OF INDIA

ASHOK PANDIT, RAMESH SIPPY, MUKESH BHATT, T.P.AGARWAL and
DINESH CHATURVEDI AT FILM FEDERATION OF INDIA PRESS MEET


The Senior UPA leaders have categorically assured the members of the film Industry that the government is extremely concerned with the growing resentment in the film Industry across different regions & languages. The various film bodies including Film Federation of India and the Film & Television producer's Guild of India and Southern states representing various stake holders of the Industry from Pan India have been raising these issues with the government across a period of time.

The senior Congress / UPA leaders have appreciated the seriousness of the copyright amendment act if implemented in the current form and the various other concerns shared by the members of the film industry. The Congress / UPA leaders have assured the members of the Industry that Justice will be done and no arbitrary decisions will be taken by the government, which can jeopardize the Industry. The Government is committed to the principles of justice rather than personalities. The film Industry and the UPA leaders have agreed to find a solution to these issues at the earliest and continue to have a dialogue on an on-going basis.

"We were informed of the law, which would take away our rights. I'm sure if Javed Sahab was fighting for something, it mustn't be for something unjust, but the Government escalated the matter without consulting us, and therefore our voice remained unheard. Therefore, before yesterday's meeting we had a sentiment of there being no other way out. However, now we feel the government is open to taking in account our point of view, and we are very happy that they are seeking justice for both sides, and not just pass a one-sided law. We are hopeful of sitting down resolving this issue", said Ramesh Sippy.

The Film federation of India (FFI), representing production, distribution and exhibition sectors and the representatives of the various film Industry bodies, who met in Mumbai today have decided to defer the "All India Bandh" of 6th January 2010 in view of these positive developments. This Bandh was planned to protest against the anti industry attitude of the government. The film industry bodies are however committed to take forward their fight for justice and support for the Industry.

"We have also been instructed to engage with the authors and composers and look for a reasonable outcome, which is practical, without jeopardising our business. And the government has assured us that both the sides will be heard fairly and only then will the law be implemented. Therefore we have decided that the bandh, which was to be enforced pan India, has now been postponed, as we have been delighted with the positive response. The bandh was to protest against the behaviour of the government, towards the producers. However, in the light of this positive response, it has opened the door for a fair approach, so we have unanimously decided to postpone the bandh, the bandh is postponed till all our legitimate demands are met with. We are not here to fight, but our sustenance is threatened and therefore we want to have a positive word with the composers and find a fair solution", concluded Mukesh Bhatt.



 
 

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