Hyderabad: Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao assured that all the measures needed to protect and support the Telugu Film Industry would be taken.
He disclosed that concessions and exemptions would be given to support the film industry and the workers as they suffered losses due to stoppage of film shootings, closure of the theatres due to Covid Pandemic.
The Chief Minister held a meeting with the film personalities at Pragathi Bhavan here on Sunday. The film industry representatives have explained to the CM the losses incurred by the industry due to Covid Pandemic and urged him to extend support. The CM has positively responded to their request.
“The state government has taken several measures to attract industries into the State. In such a case will the government keep quiet when an existing industry is in trouble? Hyderabad is the centre of a very large film industry like in Chennai.
Lakhs of people get employment in the industry and they are dependent on it. Covid has caused damage to the film industry as it did to other sectors. The responsibility to save and protect the film industry is everyone’s responsibility.
Both the government and film personalities should make joint attempts at this. On behalf of the government we will take all the necessary measures. We will include in the TRS GHMC poll Manifesto about the measures we will take for the benefit of the film industry,” the CM assured.
Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Film Chamber President and General secretaries Narayan Das Narang, KL Damodar Prasad, Producers’ Council President C Kalyan, Distributor Sudhakar Reddy, Producer Niranjan Reddy and others participated in the meeting.
It was decided that shortly a meeting would be held at Actor Chiranjeevi’s house to discuss the matter threadbare. (INN)