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Bollywood to lose in the next plan

In the total budget, the Planning Commission is scrapping schemes worth Rs 290 cr, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 23:39 IST

Bollywood cannot expect star billing from the government as far as finances go in the next plan period.

Many of I&B ministry’s schemes which will be scrapped relate to film promotion, training students in film institutes and developmental publicity programmes. The worst-hit will be students in Pune and Kolkata film institutes.

Of the total budget of about Rs 600 crore, the Planning Commission has recommended scrapping schemes worth Rs 290 crore.

In a list of 27 schemes to be discontinued prepared by the Planning Commission are the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata.

The younger generation will have to give films of their favouritecartoons a miss as the government is likely to stop funding the International Documentary, Short and Animation Film Festival.

Children in municipal schools will no longer enjoy theoccasional Children’s Film as the government is in no mood to continue the scheme. The Museum of Moving Images which was to be set up is also to be put on the backburner.

The government will not provide money for export promotion of movies through the Film Festivals in India. Only the International Film Festival in Goa will be continued.

The government’s publicity programme will also be hit as the Rs 2.59-cr scheme for developmental publicity programme and research and evaluation studies of government’s image in media will be scrapped.

Planning Commission officials said the focus would be on equipping the 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.

First Published: Jan 11, 2007 23:39 IST