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Maharashtra Government to give 'industry status' to the media and entertainment sector

Addressing the same, Cabinet Minister, Anil Deshmukh said that the film and entertainment sector in Maharashtra provides employment to lakhs of citizens. Keeping this mind, a proposal to give this sector an 'industry status' will be implemented soon.

Maharashtra Government to give 'industry status' to the media and entertainment sector
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India's film industry is one of the most successful sectors in India and every year, the film and entertainment division, reaps a turnover of billions, both for the states and the country in entirety. However, the sector was not categorised as an industry and was not given the respective status.

Addressing this, the Maharashtra government, on Friday, December 11, decided to take initiative. The film and entertainment sector in Maharashtra, over the years, has provided employment to many. Keeping this in mind, a proposal to give industry status to the film and entertainment sector will be tabled in the Cabinet soon, said Cultural Affairs Minister Amit Deshmukh.

The meeting was chaired by Cultural Affairs Minister Amit Deshmukh at the Ministry of Film and Entertainment and was attended by Manisha Verma - Managing Director of Chitranagar, Saurabh Vijay - Secretary of Department of Cultural Affairs, Anchal Goyal - Joint Managing Director at Chitranagar, Vilas Thorat - Deputy Secretary at the Department of Cultural Affairs.

Sharing more information, Cultural Affairs Minister Anil Deshmukh said that the status of film and entertainment sector should be categorised as an 'industry' as this move will help small and medium enterprises to get concessions for their work. Moreover, this will also strengthen the economy. Keeping this in mind, necessary action is being taken by the Department of Cultural Affairs to declare the same as an industrial area, and the scope of the film and entertainment industry is massive.

Further, in order to give impetus to the contribution made by film and entertainment industry, the Department of Cultural Affairs has been directed to work on a policy for the sector, and once the industry status is implemented, it will benefit the television, digital media, live events, animation, out of home media, cinema, radio and many other divisions in several ways.

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