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Govt. sets up panel to consider new film certification category for TV

By NewsDesk • Published on February 6, 2013

censorThe Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India has constituted a panel to examine issues of certification under the Cinematograph Act 1952.

One of the functions of the panel is to consider the requirement of special categories of film certification for the purposes of broadcasting on television channels and radio stations. It will review the categories of certification, existing and proposed, under the Cinematograph (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

The panel is expected to review the mandate and functioning of CBFC  (Central Board of Film Certification) and recommend measures to enable CBFC to deal with contemporary requirements of certification with increased transparency.

Headed by Mukul Mudgal, Retired Chief Justice, High Court of Punjab and Haryana; the panel comprises of Lalit Bhasin,Chairperson, FCAT; Sharmila Tagore, former Chairperson, CBFC; Javed Akhtar, music composer, writer & lyricist; Leela Samson,Chairperson,CBFC; L Suresh, Secretary, South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and former President, Film Federation of India; Rameeza Hakim, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Raghvendra Singh, Joint Secretary(Films),I&B-Member-Convenor.

One of the other jobs of the panels is to suggest more effective legal remedies and penal provisions in the Act, particularly with reference to making unlawful copies, camcording in cinema halls, interpolation/insertion of clips after certification and such similar issues. It is expected to submit its  report in two months.

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