Film preservation should become People’s Movement: Shri Ajay Mittal
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is exploring possibilities of extending financial and technical support to State Governments in their endeavor to safeguard the country’s filmic heritage. The objective of preserving the country’s cinematic heritage has to be achieved in collaboration with State Governments said Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Government of India. He was speaking on the sidelines of a High Level Committee meeting on National Film Heritage Mission, held in NFAI Pune today.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mittal said that the High Level Committee has reviewed the progress of the National Film Heritage Mission and taken some major decisions to expand the horizons of the same. The mission would ensure not only the preservation of filmic heritage but also its dissemination and access to the last mile. This would enable awareness amongst youth and children about our rich cultural heritage.
Appreciating the efforts of officers at NFAI in implementing the Mission, Shri Mittal said, all necessary steps are being undertaken to involve International organizations and institutions to ensure project’s implementation as per global standards. He further added that NFAI’s facilities would be augmented by creating new state of the art vaults in its premises.
Speaking about the need of enhancing research on Indian cinema, Shri Mittal said, Government is exploring the possibility of extending NFAI’s research fellowship to the University level through formal institutional mechanisms. NFAI would reach out to major Universities for short and long term courses in the area of film studies incorporating subject of film archiving and preservation. This would ensure building of skilled manpower in the niche area of film preservation.
The High Level Committee meeting was attended by senior officers of the Ministry which included Shri Subhash Sharma, AS&FA, Shri Sanjay Murthy, JS, Shri Mukesh Sharma, DG Films Division, Shri Prakash Magdum, Director NFAI, Shri Santosh Ajmera, Officer on special duty, NFHM along with film-makers Shri Jahnu Barua & Shri Rajeev Mehrotra. The meeting was chaired by Shri Ajay Mittal, Secretary Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.