The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday extended support to the cinema sector in India by approving to merge 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 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 programmes and cinematic record of Indian history.
Children's Film Society, India, is an autonomous organisation. 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 organised, efficient and integrated development of the Indian film industry.
The Union Cabinet also approved the appointment of a transaction advisor and legal advisor to advise on the transfer of assets and employees and to oversee all aspects of operation of the merger.
Interests of the employees of all the concerned media units will be taken care of and no employee will be retrenched.
NFDC, consequent upon the merger of film media units, will be uniquely placed with regard to promotion, production and preservation of film content—all under one management.
The vision of the new entity will be to ensure balanced and focussed development of Indian cinema in all its genres-feature films, including films and content for OTT platforms, children's content, animation, short films and documentaries.