The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launched a new program a few years ago, called the Champion Services Sector Scheme (CSSS), which aimed to promote the co-production of films with foreign countries, to allow the shooting of foreign films. in India and to organize the global media. events.
However, as the closures induced by the coronavirus pandemic have halted all film shooting activities and extended the shutdown of cinema screens across the country since March 2020, the main objectives of the program have taken a hit and it has come to pass. reflected in its budget allocation for 2021-2022, which stood at a paltry Rs 1.59 crore.
This contrasts sharply with the program’s budget estimate in 2020-2021, when it was Rs 30 crore, while the revised estimate was Rs 3.80 crore.
Sources from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said that due to the low allocation of funds for the current budget, the main areas of intervention of the program, such as the incentive for co-production with foreign countries, the facilitation of the shooting of foreign films in India and the organization of film seminars will be seriously affected.
Senior sources said that the reason for the low allocation of funds for the CSSS was also the fact that little money had been spent there from the funds allocated for the previous fiscal year, 2020-2021.
Ministry sources, however, said that as the film industry in India was seriously hampered due to the scarcity of screens in the country, it planned to use the Rs 1.59 crore allocated to the program to establish a fund for organization of workshops for interested volunteer entrepreneurs. in setting up theaters in Tier II and III cities of the country.