‘Film industry staff must enrol for pension scheme’

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 11 August 2019

“Workers, who are assistants on the film set, cameramen, set producers, spot boys and other workers, who are working behind the camera, get their job when a film is in making. Their wages are depended on the number of projects,” said Javadekar.

Pune: All staff or workers of unorganised sector in the film industry should enrol for the pension and health insurance scheme provided under Ayushman Bharat, appealed Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar.

The minister was present in the city to inaugurate the new office of Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Chitrapat Mahamandal (ABMCM) on Saturday.

The Central government has covered the unorganised sector under pension scheme and health insurance scheme provided under Ayushman Bharat Yojana. The scheme has benefited almost 10 lakh people so far, informed Javadekar. 

“Workers, who are assistants on the film set, cameramen, set producers, spot boys and other workers, who are working behind the camera, get their job when a film is in making. Their wages are depended on the number of projects,” said Javadekar.

“This will hugely benefit the workers from the unorganised sector. Under the pension scheme, the worker has to deposit only Rs 100 every month and a similar amount will be contributed by the Central government also. So after retiring at 60 years of age, the worker will be able to receive Rs 3,000 per month as pension,” he said.

“Nevertheless, health insurance will cover free treatment worth Rs 5 lakh for them. Therefore, the Centre has been making efforts to enrol maximum number of unorganised sector workers under this scheme. We would also request the film associations like ABMCM to work in this regard,” said Javadekar.

Speaking about mahamandals, the minister stated that associations have members including artists, workers who are related to the film industry, etc. “These associations ensure that all the members have received their promised amount for work and address different issues or take it up with the ministeries. So I would say more and more associations should be established,” said Javadekar.

Taking the opportunity of this occasion, Javadekar also congratulated the winners of 66 National film awards especially Marathi film ‘Bhonga’ for bagging best film award. Earlier, only 7 to 8 Marathi films were produced in a year, but ever since the multiplexes evolved, the number of films produced in Marathi film industry has largely increased, stated Javadekar.

The minister appreciated the efforts and hardship taken by ABMCM, which has expanded its members from 1,600 to around 40,000, since 2016. 

Pune Member of Parliament Girish Bapat, Mayor Mukta Tilak and other dignitaries of Akhil Bharatiya Chitrapat Mahamandal along with several celebrities were present at the event. 

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