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Govt working on changing law on censor board: Naidu

Government plans to make changes in the six decades-old cinematography law to tone up the functioning of the censor board, which has been at the centre of many controversies.

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu says he is examining the recommendations made by Justice Mudgal committee and Benegal committee but right now he cannot give a timeline on bringing the measure in Parliament.

“Justice (Mukul) Mudgal committee and (Shyam) Benegal committee have made some important recommendations. I am examining them. At the end of the day, you have to implement those. I may have to make some changes in the law also. I am moving in that direction.

“I can’t give you any time frame because of the Winter session. I don’t think I will be able to complete this. My efforts will certainly be to take up the new legislation in the session thereafter,” he told PTI.

Naidu says he has even sought the opinion of board members on the recommendations of the two committees as he believes they have an insider’s perspective on the problems. “Recently, I called the secretary of the censor board. I told him that some important recommendations have been made. You sit among yourself and discuss. And come to some conclusion...

“I told him to study and get back. Government is open to making necessary changes... Cinematograph Act came in 1952 and film certification has to be done under that Act.”

Naidu, who took over the charge of the ministry about four months ago, says he is aware of the controversies surrounding the censor board and feels there should be some restraint from both the sides -- Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and film industry.
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