The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) has set up an inter-ministerial committee for promoting and facilitating film production. It would serve as a ‘single-window’ for clearance for filmmakers who would otherwise have to seek permission from as many as 30 different agencies to shoot feature films, short films and television programmes.

The committee would be chaired by the secretary in the I&B Ministry and include joint-secretary level officers from the Ministries of Home, Tourism, External Affairs, Culture, Railways, Civil Aviation and Defence.

In a statement, the Ministry said the committee’s mandate would be two-fold: facilitate granting of permission for both foreign and domestic producers from relevant authorities of the Central and State governments; and meet regularly to ‘monitor’ the facilitation process and issue directions to the authorities concerned.

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