New Delhi :
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday extended support to the cinema sector in India by approving to merge of four-film media units.
The units are Films Division of India, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archive of India, and Children’s Film Society. These bodies will be merged with the National Film Development Corporation of India (NFDC) by expanding the Memorandum of Articles of Association of NFDC, which will then carry out all the activities performed by them.
Confirming the development, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar tweeted on Wednesday: “I thank PM @narendramodi’s commitment to support the Indian film sector. Bringing @Films_Division, @nfdcindia, @CFSINDIAORG, @DFF_India & @NFAIOfficial into one body will ensure synergy & efficiency in the industry and take Indian cinema to even greater heights.”
This move is aimed at convergence of activities and resources and better coordination, thereby ensuring synergy and efficiency in achieving the mandate of each media unit.
Films Division of India was established in 1948, primarily to produce documentaries and news magazines for publicity of government programs and cinematic record of Indian history.
Children’s Film Society, India, is an autonomous organization. It was founded in 1955 under the Societies Act with the specific objective of providing children and young people value-based entertainment through the medium of films.
National Film Archive of India was established as a media unit in 1964 with the primary objective of acquiring and preserving Indian cinematic heritage.
Directorate of Film Festivals was set up in 1973 to promote Indian films and cultural exchange.
NFDC is a central public sector undertaking, incorporated in the year 1975 with the primary objective of planning and promoting an organized, efficient, and integrated development of the Indian film industry.