Assam govt provides subsidy for opening cinema halls

    Guwahati, Sept 16 (PTI) Chief Minister Sarbanands
Sonowal on Wednesday presented government subsidy cheques to
entrepreneurs to set up new cinema halls and reopen or
renovate closed and old ones to help the entertainment
industry of Assam.
    In a first of its kind scheme, implemented by Assam
State Film (Finance and Development) Corporation Limited, the
government subsidy cheques were given to five entrepreneurs by
the chief minister.
    For new cinema halls, the government would bear a
subsidy up to 25 per cent or Rs 75 lakh, for the renovation of
cinema halls subsidy of Rs 25 lakh would be provided and for
the opening of cinema old halls, the subsidy would be Rs 50
    The government has released 40 per cent of the subsidy
under the scheme.
    Sonowal said the government has announced the scheme
to promote Assamese cinema along with films of other
    The scheme will also help the entertainment sector to
turn into a potential industry of the state, he said.
    The chief minister also said that the pandemic has
adversely affected the livelihoods of the people associated
with the industry.
    Those provided subsidy for opening new cinema halls
are Jonaki Cinema Hall in Tezpur, Kelvin Cinema Hall in
Guwahati, Zelimax in Bongaigaon, Chaya Cinema Hallin Tangla
and PG Enterprise in Nagaon.
    For reopening or renovation of closed and old cinema
halls, those selected are Indrapuri Cinema Hall in Barpeta,
Anuradha Cine Complex in Guwahati, Nakshatra Cinema Hall in
Lakhimpur, Mayapuri Cinema Hall in Bongaigaon and Nazira Film
Cooperative Societies in Nazira. PTI DG

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