July 31, 2019
Uttar Pradesh is the rainbow land where the multi-hued Indian culture has blossomed from times immemorial. Taj Mahal in Agra, the symbol of love, has attracted filmmakers to Uttar Pradesh since the black and white era. The temple town of Varanasi offers a never-seen-before cultural experience for the international viewer, while the Buddhist relics at Sarnath and Lucknow are other places that could double up as props for a film catering to a wide audience
Incentives offered by Uttar Pradesh
- Subsidy to the tune of a maximum of 50 percent of the total cost for Awadhi, Braj, Bundeli and Bhojpuri films, and a maximum of 25 percent of the total cost for Hindi, English and other Indian languages films.
- A maximum subsidy of Rs. 1 crores for the films which have been shot for at least a half of its total shooting days in Uttar Pradesh.
- A maximum subsidy of Rs. 2 crores for films which have been shot for the two-third of its total shooting days in Uttar Pradesh
- The grant for the films produced in the state by the National/International Award winner Producers/Directors of films who have already once received grant previously under the film policy, shall receive the grant as under –
(i) On doing half of the shooting duration of the film in the state – Rs. 1 crore and 75 lakhs
(ii) On doing two-third of the shooting duration of the film in the state – Rs. two crore and 25 lakhs
- If five main artists hail from Uttar Pradesh an additional subsidy, upto maximum Rs. 25 lakhs.
- If all the artists hail from Uttar Pradesh an additional subsidy upto maximum Rs. 50 lakhs.
- If any film producer, after shooting of the film, goes for its processing in the state itself, 50% of the processing cost or Rs. 50 lakhs is sanctioned as additional subsidy for the film.
- If any investor establish a film training institute in any major city (excluding Noida/Greater Noida) of the state, 50 percent of its cost or a maximum of Rs. 50 lakh.
- The films produced, to patronize the feeling of “One Nation, Best Nation”, in English and other languages of the country (excluding the films produced in regional languages of Uttar Pradesh), shooting of which has been carried out for a half of their total shooting days in the state, are given 50% of their cost by way of subsidy or Rs. 50 lakhs.
- A subsidy to the limit of 50 percent of the cost or up to Rs. 50 lakhs, for films produced by such overseas citizens of India (OCI), whose ancestors were original inhabitants of India.
- The units doing outdoor shooting in the state will be given 25 percent concession in room rent on their stay in hotels/motels of the UP State Tourism Development Corporation.
- Single Table System has been implemented for the successful implementation of film policy and to provide better facilities to the people associated with films.
- Setting up of state level Film Development Council for discussing long-term strategies to attract investments for films and monitor the implementation of film policy.
For More Information Contact
All District Magistrates, District Magistrate, Film Bandhu Uttar Pradesh
State Website: http://filmbandhuup.gov.in/, http://www.up.gov.in/
July 9, 2019
By Arun Kumar Das
Aiming at increasing footfalls of domestic and global tourists alongwith enhancing visitor experience, government announced development of 17 sites in the country as iconic tourist spots.
According importance to the tourism sector for job creation and GDP growth, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her maiden budget speech announced that 17 sites across the country will be developed as model tourist spots.
The identified locales are expecting to attract not only tourists but also to boost film shooting for domestic and global filmmakers.
“The government is developing 17 iconic Tourism Sites into world-class tourist destinations and to serve as a model for other tourism sites. The Iconic Tourism Sites would enhance visitor experience which would lead to increased visits of both domestic and international tourists at these destinations,” she said in her maiden Budget speech.
Tourism Ministry got Rs 2,189.21 crore allocation for for 2019-20, an increase from Rs 2,113.48 cr in the 2018-19.
She also announced one hundred new clusters to be set up in 2019-20 to enable 50,000 artisans to come into the economic value chain.
“One hundred new clusters will be set up in 2019-20 to enable 50,000 artisans to come into the economic value chain. The Government will launch a mission to integrate traditional artisans and creative persons with the global market to obtain patents for them,” she added.
India, world’s seventh-largest country, is a paradise for tourists as it has high mountains of the Himalayas to the tropical greenery of Kerala, and from the sacred Ganges to the sands of the Thar desert.
Besides the vast country has more than one billion inhabitants are divided into two thousand ethnic groups and speak over 200 different languages.
According to the plan, these 17 sites have been identified in 12 clusters across the country — including Taj Mahal and Fatehpur Sikri (UP), Ajanta & Ellora (Maharashtra), Humayun’s Tomb, Red Fort and Qutub Minar (Delhi), Colva (Goa), Amer Fort (Rajasthan), Somnath and Dholavira (Gujarat), Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh), Hampi (Karnataka), Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu), Kaziranga (Assam), Kumarakom (Kerala) and Mahabodhi Temple (Bihar).
Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said that by mentioning these sites in her Budget address, the Finance Minister has drawn the focus on tourism.
“When 17 sites will be developed in such a big way, it will not only boost tourism, but also employment,” he said.
Apart from its size and population, India has an almost endless variety of cultures, landscapes, monuments and places to explore as there are ancient ruins, religious structures and diverse landscape to attract tourists.
Taking note of the rich tribal culture, Sitharaman said the government will take measures to ensure that the rich tribal culture of the country is preserved.
She also said a digital tribal repository will be created, in which photos, videos, details of origin, education, lifestyle, skill sets, traditional arts and other anthropological information will be stored.
In order to boost artisans’ income, the government will soon launch a mission to integrate traditional artisans and creative persons with the global market to obtain patents for them.
“With the objective of preserving rich tribal cultural heritage, a digital repository is developed where documents, folk songs, photos and videos about their evolution, place of origin, lifestyle, architecture, education level, traditional art, folk dances and other anthropological details of the tribes in India are stored. The repository will further be enriched and strengthened,” Sitharaman said in her speech.
There are endless collection of tourist attractions in India that will never cease to awe and fascinate the visitor.
Tourism Ministry has already launched the Swadesh Darshan scheme, under which thematic tourist circuits are developed and allotted Rs 1,106 cr for it while the PRASAD scheme, formulated to develop religious sites, got Rs 160.50 cr for the current fiscal.
However, there was no change in the 18-28 per cent Good and Services Tax despite the industry demands.
Meanwhile, tourism sector, considered an engine of economic growth and a significant contributor to GDP, registered a slowdown in 2018-19.
While foreign tourist arrival dropped to 2.1 per cent, forex from tourism plummeted to -3.3 per cent in 2018-19, according to the economic survey.
The survey showed that while outbound tourism increased by 9.5 per cent, it was more than double that of foreign tourist arrivals in India. Domestic travel and tourism market registered a slowdown from 12.7 per cent in 2016 to 2.4 per cent in 2017.
Taj Mahal, with a footfall of 5.6 million, attracted the most number of domestic visitors.
In May this year there were were 6,10,590 foreign tourists as compared to 6,06,522 in May 2018 registering a growth of 0.7%.
Foreign tourist arrivals during the period January-May 2019 were 45,45,883 as compared to 44,67,393 in January-May 2018 registering a growth of 1.8%.
Welcoming the announcement of new tourist spots in the budget, tourism expert Subhash Goyal said it would enhance tourism scope and experience for visitors.
However, Goyal said it should not be limited to 17 only and all demanded that all UNESCO World Heritage Sites should be made iconic digital experience.
Another expert Rajan Sehgal said some golf sites should also be taken up as part of golf tourism to attract increased footfalls of international golf players.