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Naidu launches Online Film Certification System

“The initiative is on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of digital India”

Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday launched the Online Film Certification System of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). He said the initiative was on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ease-of-doing business and digital India, making the entire process transparent and efficient.

Under the new system, for short films, promos or trailers of less than 10 minutes, the producer can submit their creations online. For films longer than 10 minutes, the applicant will have to show the film at the examining theatre, but will not be required to visit CBFC offices, except for collecting certificates.

The applicants will be informed through text message or e-mail about the status of their applications and any action needed. It will also eliminate any possibility of corruption. The implementation of QR code on the certificates will eliminate chances of fraudulent certificates. A new CBFC website has also been developed to facilitate easy access to the services.

“The complete automation of the Film Certification Process will enable good governance. The objective is to eliminate the need for human interface to the extent possible. The new online certification system will be an important step in making the CBFC office paperless and will enable effective monitoring and real-time progress tracking for both the CBFC officials and the applicants (producers),” he said.

Mr. Naidu said more such online initiatives would be introduced in the Ministry as part of the roadmap for transparent governance in the media and entertainment sectors.

Single window clearance

The Minister said the Film Facilitation Office, established by the Ministry in November 2015, provided single-window clearance to facilitate film shootings by foreign filmmakers in India.

“A total of 41 shooting permissions were given for foreign films/projects in 2016, which was about 33% increase compared to 2015. The Ministry has also simplified the annual renewal process for existing TV channels, wherein permitted broadcasters can continue their operations by paying annual fee up to 60 days before the due date, for continuation for a further period of one year. Since January, the payment can be made online through the Bharatkosh portal,” he said.

On issues related to film certification, he said the recommendations of Shyam Benegal and Mudgal panel were under consideration.

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