Set-up Film and Animation Institute in Himachal to encourage film activities: Pharka at SIMCON

SHIMLA-  Speaking at the two days 28th State Information Minister’s Conference (SIMCON) at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi today, HP Government Chief Secretary V C Pharka has requested the centre for setting up of Film and Animation Institute in the State for promotion of film activities and added that State Government would consider providing land for the same. 

CS said that there should be an MOU between State and Centre Governments for organizing Film Festivals to ensure proper coordination of various departments and organizations involved in the process. He also requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to consider providing assistance to the State on the lines of the assistance provided to Special Category States for promotion of film activities.

Chief Secretary also said that a draft Film Policy is under the active consideration of the Government and added that Information and Public Relations department has been notified as the nodal department,Agency and Director IPR as State Nodal Officer to coordinate all necessary work for facilitating film making including clearance etc.

Chief Secretary also urged the Ministry for considering preparation of training modules to make various field level officers and stakeholders aware about provisions of Cable TV Act, Cinematograph Act and other relevant Acts so that these could be implemented effectively across the State. He also suggested that these could also be incorporated in the training programmes conducted by HIPA besides syllabus of departmental examinations of concerned officers categories to provide them knowledge as well as expertise of the Acts for implementing them in right perspective.

Secretary Information and Broadcasting Ministry, GoI, Ajay Mittal briefed about the objectives of the two-day conference. He said that television and radio were very effective medium of entertainment as well as education and added that the Information and Broadcasting activities could be strengthened with the cooperation and coordination of the Centre and State Government departments.

Various issues related to Film sector, Broadcasting, Information etc were discussed with the Secretaries of Information and Public Relations departments of various states on the first day of the Conference.

Director, Information and Public Relations R S Negi and senior officers of Information and Public Relations department also attended the meeting.


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