Film, TV production activities to resume; I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar announces SOP

Prakash Javadekar on Sunday announced the reopening of the film and TV production industry that has been shut for several months since March due to COVID-19.

After remaining shut for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the film and TV production industry will reopen, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced on Sunday.

“I am happy to announce that we are releasing standard operating procedures for film and TV programme shooting which was stopped due to COVID-19 pandemic for the last 6 months,” Javadekar said addressing the media.

“Some states had given permissions so it had somehow started in places. We consulted the Health and Home Ministry regarding this and then the Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued this SOP,” he added.

The minister said that the new SOP will be a ‘Sanjeevani’ for the industry.

“The new SOP will be like a ‘Sanjeevani’ for the media production industry. Social distancing and masks will be an integral part of this SOP. The general principle behind the Standard Operating Procedure would help create a safe working environment for both the cast and the crew,” Javadekar said.

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