The West Bengal government has announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to single-screen cinema halls, which suffered extensive damage to property caused by cyclone Amphan, an official said. An Information and Cultural Affairs department letter to Eastern India Motion Pictures Association on Friday said a one-time financial package was being given in response to an appeal by the apex body of producers and distributors.
The government letter further announced that Rs 1 lakh as a financial package to the single screen, which suffered partial damage in the calamity, which lashed South Bengal districts in My this year. “ This is to inform you after careful consideration of the state government has decided to provide Rds 2 lakh each to a single screen cinema hall that suffered significant structural damage and Rs 1 lakh each to single-screen cinema halls that suffered partial structural damage caused by the cyclone Amphan, “ the notification said. Cyclone Amphan, along with torrential rain, had struck parts of West Bengal on May 20, flattening houses, uprooting trees, snapping cables, and inundating low-lying areas.
In July, at a meeting with the stakeholders of the film industry, including actors, technicians, producers, and distributors, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee said to an appeal, “ As of now, reopening cinema halls in not at all possible. We can provide some assistance to cinema hall owners who have been affected by cyclone Amphan.” The EIMPA had earlier appealed to the government for a financial package for the survival of the single-screens, which are reeling under the devastating condition. The single-screen theatres are closss3d since the third week of March, an office-bearer said.