Rajasthan plans single window to clear film shoot requests
In order to encourage shooting of films in Rajasthan, the state government is working on streamlining the process of granting speedy shooting permissions.jaipur Updated: Jan 30, 2018 21:29 IST
In order to encourage shooting of films in Rajasthan, the state government is working on streamlining the process of granting speedy shooting permissions.
In 2013, the state government had issued Film Shooting Regulations for setting up a single-window clearance system under the tourism department to issue time-bound permission within 15 days of receiving the application.
“The government is working on developing online integrated application form containing requirements for all departments, collector and police. In addition, various other initiatives are being planned to simplify the process such as a declaration form instead of undertaking on stamp paper; delivery of permission to government authorities concerned through e-mail; waiver of fees by different departments etc,” a senior tourism department official said on the condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to speak to the media.
The authorities concerned will have to reply within four days if no reply is received it will be assumed that they have given their consent, the source added. Under the Film Shooting Regulations (amended), the district collectors, superintendent of police and head of departments are the nodal officers to issue permissions within the prescribed time – they cannot delegate the responsibility.
Classics like Mughal-e-Azam and Guide among others were shot in the state. Most recently, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmaavt was also shot in the desert state.
The official said that the government intends to provide ease of doing business. Many states are providing different incentives and subsidies to filmmakers. States such as Assam, Uttar Pradesh have come out with film policies. “It has been observed that film shooting permissions are not being issued within the prescribed time and interested parties have suggested simplification of the cumbersome process of filling a number of forms,” the source said.
In 2016, Film Shooting Regulation was amended, wherein different fees such as application, processing, security deposit etc were waived off. “The government is working on strengthening the single-window system, unified application form and 15-day time-bound process to issue permits,” the source said.