The Punjab government has decided to set up cinema halls in villages to provide entertainment facilities in rural areas, apart from instituting annual film awards of Rs 1 crore in various categories.
According to a press statement, deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced this in New Delhi on Saturday during deliberations on film policy for Punjab drafted by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) with its chairman Ramesh Sippy. The meeting was attended by state tourism and cultural affairs minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur and principal secretary tourism Geetika Kalha.
Badal said the new policy would come up in two months having concept of rural cinema halls, first of its kind in the country. "It will help in entertainment of rural masses at low costs and provide impetus to production of more Punjabi and other languages films in the state," he said.
To showcase the unique Punjab diversity and historic religio-cultural heritage through films, the deputy CM also announced that from 2014 the Punjab government would award quality films, producers, actors and others with awards of Rs 25 lakh, Rs 15 lakh and Rs 10 lakh respectively for first, second and third category awards, amounting to Rs 1 crore.
Among others present at the meeting included NFDC managing director Nina Lath Gupta, secretary tourism Raji P Srivastava, director tourism Navjotpal Singh Randhawa and executive director, Punjab Heritage and Tourism Promotion Board, VB Kumar.
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