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Government bringing policy to give continuity to industry, business: Minister Gurung

Kathmandu, Nov 13

Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Parbat Gurung, has said that the government is going to bring a special programme to give continuity to industry and business.

Minister Gurung shared that the government has approved the policy and working procedure in order to provide loan on subsidized rate to industries and business. Addressing a programme after visiting the Film Development Board today, he added, “The cabinet has passed the policy and working procedure to provide loan on appropriate rate to give continuity to all types of industries and business.

It is believed that it would help run the industries and business hit hard by Covid-19.” Minister Gurung opined that the role and responsibility of all was equal to protect and promote investment, saying the government was serious to protect and promote investment. He assured that the state would always involve in protection and facilitating the entrepreneurs as well as to untie the knot of obstruction, stressing that state, civil society, industrialists, among others should face this economic crisis and difficulties.

The Communications Minister directed the Board to make necessary improvement by reviewing the films. Drawing the attention of the Board towards films great contribution for transformation of society, he expressed view that the role of cine artists would be crucial in development of civilized society. Referring to the mindset of parents deeming films as a waste of time for their children, the Communications Minister asked artists to invoke a feeling that children can learn something good from films.

“Film fraternity is like a university. There is a need to make it attractive, credible and international standards. You (the whole film fraternity) move ahead with good vision. Ministry is ready to help,” he said. He also assured of amending laws, policies and rules relating to film industry if need be. The Minister also directed the Board to visit the Ministry with a plan to carry out reforms in film industry.

Likewise, communications secretary Hari Prasad Basyal said the Ministry was ready to provide facilities and carry out policy level reforms to resolve problems facing the fraternity. Stressing the need for managing an honorary ambassador for the promotion of Nepali films at international level, the Board President Daya Ram Dahal urged the minister for facilitating in this regard and to announce a package from the government to resume closed Nepali film screening.

He said there is a need to pass the film bill soon. He also demanded declaration of film fraternity as highly affected area. On the occasion, Minister Gurung inaugurated Nawaras assembly hall of the Board.

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