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NE producers’ body flays Prasar Bharati
Staff reporter
 GUWAHATI, May 30 – The North East Film and TV Producers’-Directors’ Association (NEFTPDA) has expressed concern over the recent policy of the Prasar Bharati in relation to the commissioned programmes made under special Northeast package of the Doordarshan.

 Pointing out the deplorable condition of the empanelled producers due to the delay in releasing the funds, it said that the empanelled producers were sitting idle for three years, though they were empanelled with five years’ validity.

“Till date the Doordarshan has given allotment of the software programme to the empanelled producers only in 2007-08. After the completion of the allotted work, the producers are sitting idle,” mentioned the working president of the association Hem Chandra Bora in a statement. Doordarshan authorities collected Rs 5,000 from the empanelled producers as processing fees for a period of five years.

The producers’ and directors’ body also maintained that the producers, directors and artistes of the region were facing an identity crisis unlike their contemporaries in other parts of the country.

“Here, the Doordarshan continues to be the only possibility for TV production and is also a source of sustenance for TV producers, directors, technicians and local artistes of the region. The Doordarshan’s policy for inviting large number of producers from outside would be strongly opposed,” the statement mentioned.

NEFTPDA has decided to approach the Doordarshan authorities to entrust at least one channel exclusively with the work of promoting quality production of films and documentary programmes.

The executive committee meeting of the association, held recently, decided that considering the urgent need for an independent channel for the purpose, the president of the association would approach Prasar Bharati and Doordarshan authorities.

NEFTPDA was formed in 2004 with a view to promoting quality films and TV programmes in the region and to raise issues concerning the producers and directors of the region

“The executive committee meeting also decided to publish a monthly news bulletin of the association, containing write-ups on various issues related to TV and film production, contemporary issues, developments and challenges in this field, thought-provoking ideas and discussion etc.,” the statement added.

The association members are of the opinion that in order to explore avenues of quality production of films and other electronic media programmes, appraisal reorientation, evaluation of various technical aspects and ingredients for ensuring cinematic excellence, thematic value and aesthetic sense, holding of workshops and seminars etc. are essential and useful.

It was resolved at the same meeting that like previous years, workshops and seminars would be organised from time to time facilitating active participation by the members, and experts from various fields would also be roped in for the benefit of producers and directors.

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