GUWAHATI: In a move to inject a fresh lease of life to cinema halls and the fraternity associated with them, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal presented cheques as subsidy to entrepreneurs to establish new cinema halls and reopening or renovation of closed and old cinema halls, at a function held at Assam Administrative Staff College here on Wednesday.
Under the scheme which is implemented by Assam State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Limited for the first time, government subsidies were given to five entrepreneurs for opening of new cinema halls and five entrepreneurs for reopening or renovation of closed and old cinema halls. For new cinema halls, government would bear subsidy up to 25 per cent or Rs. 75 lakh, for renovation of cinema halls there would be government subsidy to the tune of Rs. 25 lakh and for the opening of cinema halls the government subsidy would be Rs. 50 lakh. The government released 40 per cent of the subsidy under the scheme which the Government of Assam has taken for the first time.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sonowal said that the government has taken decision to help out the cinema halls to promote the exhibition of Assamese Cinema along other main stream cinemas. The scheme will also help to revamp the film industry turn into a potential industry in the state. He said, "Assamese society is culturally deep-rooted one where people belonging to Barak, Brahmaputra, hills and plains are working together to expedite cultural development of the state". Paying obeisance to the cultural icons like Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, Bishu Prasad Rabha, Phani Sharma, Bhupen Hazarika, Sonowal said that the contributions of these personalities have established Assamese in the global landscape. He also said, "Assamese society is indebted to the artistes of the state as the artistes are doing their best in promoting the harmony, dignity and respect of our society".
Chief Minister Sonowal also said that the COVID-19 pandemic has had its impact on the artistes of the state as their activities have been greatly restricted by the pandemic. He, however, said that the government is committed to be alongside the artistes as the government is formulating various schemes for the welfare of them, stated a release.
It may be noted that the beneficiaries given subsidy for opening new cinema halls are Jonaki Cinema Hall, Tezpur, Kelvin Cinema Hall, Guwahati, Zelimax, Bongaigaon, Chaya Cinema Hall, Tangla and P.G. Enterprise promoted cinema hall at Bypass Nagaon. For reopening or renovation of closed and old cinema halls, the beneficiaries selected are Indrapuri Cinema Hall, Barpeta, Anuradha Cine Complex, Guwahati, Nakshatra Cinema Hall, Lakhimpur, Mayapuri Cinema Hall, Bongaigaon and Nazira Film Cooperative Societies, Nazira.
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