Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: The People’s Watch Forum has hailed the directive of A.P. High Court against the format of film censor certificate. In response to a petition filed by Media Watch, the High Court gave directions to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take a final decision on their representation within six weeks.

“It’s heartening that the High Court gave a clear time frame within which the ministry has to decide the issue,” said the forum convener P.C. Sai Babu. The Media Watch filed a writ petition (PIL) in High Court against the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Censor Board against the format of Censor Certificate which is shown for a few seconds in theatres and on TV before screening of any film.

The Media Watch contended that the format of Censor Certificate presently shown was absurd, useless and against any standard of common sense.

The vital details of the certificate are not at all visible for audience discretion/guidance.

Review meet

District Collector B. Ramanjaneyulu has asked the insurance companies to complete the payment of compensation to farmers and commission agents, who had lost their stocks during the fire accident at the Agriculture Market Yard here during May last.

He organised a review meeting at the Collector’s Office on Tuesday where he said that compensation for the yard infrastructure valued at Rs.2.5 crore and stocks valued at Rs.6 crore had to be paid and sufficient steps should be taken to expedite it.

Talking to the Marketing Department officials and the insurance company representatives, he said that the insurance company should give all details regarding payment of compensation and what documentation process was taken up or what was required.

The Collected asked the company representatives to make it fast as the commission agents also had to borrow the money to pay to farmers and also the insurance documentation needed to be completed by the farmers must be given early so that it could be handed over to them and deposited back with the company.

Government had paid Rs.11 crore of compensation to farmers so far for the stocks it had lost during the fire accident.