Bollywood should not expect much financial help from the government in the next plan period.
Many of I&B ministry’s schemes slated for scrapping are related to film promotion, training of students in film institutes and developmental publicity programmes. The worst suffers would be students in film institutes in Pune and Kolkata as the government plans to scrap the scholarship schemes for them.
In a list of 27 schemes prepared by the Planning Commission with the help of the Finance Ministry for discontinuation from the next financial year, the worst hit are expected to be Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Eight schemes related to the institutes including scholarship and exchange programme may not get any central funding.
The younger generation of film lovers may miss globally well-known cartoons, as the government is also likely to stop funding for the International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival. The film had failed to generate much interest among children, an official said.
The poorer children in municipal schools may miss the occasional children’s film as the government is in no mood to continue the scheme. Also, setting up of a Museum of Moving Images may remain a distant dream, as government may not fund the project anymore.
Besides the indirect impact of Bollywood, the only direct consequence may be that government would not provide money for export promotion of movies by organising Film Festivals in India. Only the International Film Festival in Goa may be the sole venture of the ministry.
The government’s publicity programme may also take a slight hit as the Rs 2.59 crore scheme for developmental publicity programme and research and evaluation studies of government’s image in media may also be discontinued. Some schemes of Film Division, Photo Division and Central Censor Board are also on the list of discontinuation.
Planning Commission officials said the focus would be equipping media, film and entertainment industry with new technologies. "We have proposed government help to set up community radio and television centres. Also covering entire country with digital television by end of the plan period is another priority of the government," a commission official said.