I & B Ministry constitutes an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Promotion and Facilitation of Film Production in India
Committee expected to promote India as a Filming Destination
In order to enhance the possibility of India emerging as a major International Filming Destination, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has been contemplating since sometime to put in place a mechanism which facilitates International as well as domestic film producers. In the past, as many as 30 agencies were involved for granting permission for film producers to shoot in India.
In order to facilitate and fast track the process which will harness the potential of the India as a Filming Locale, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee for Promotion and Facilitation of Film Production in India. The Committee shall act as ˜single window™ for filmmakers seeking permission from different agencies in the Government of India for filming of feature films, short films and TV programmes. The constitution of the committee is expected to mainstream a proactive mechanism and coordination process of granting permissions through a single window provision. The composition of the Committee is as under:
I. Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting — Chairman
II. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting – Member secretary.
III. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs Member.
IV. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Member.
V. Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs Member.
VI. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture Member.
VII. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Railways Member.
VIII. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation Member.
IX. Joint Secretary, Ministry of Defense Member.
X. Joint Secretary level officer of any other Ministry may be co-opted as Member depending on the case under consideration.
The Committee shall also co-opt the empowered officer of the State Government on a case to case basis and as per the recommendation of the State Governments.
The Mandate of the Committee is as under:
1. The Committee shall facilitate granting of permission for both foreign as well as domestic producers from relevant authorities of Central and State governments.
2. The Committee shall meet regularly to monitor the progress of facilitation process and from time to time, issue directions to the concerned authorities to fast track clearances.
3. The Secretariat of the Committee will be provided by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The Secretariat will also be responsible for all the documentation and paperwork on behalf of the Committee and will liaise with different Ministries/States/ local authorities on behalf of the Committee.