The government said on Tuesday that the filmmakers will now be granted permission on online application in 20 days for shooting at various monuments in the country. Also, the fee for this has been reduced from Rs one lakh to Rs 50 thousand.

In reply to a supplementary question during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said that now the government has decided that the monuments protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), which have a light and sound show, are opened till nine o’clock in the night. Go

He told that in places where the district administration will allow, memorials with such light and sound shows can be opened till ten o’clock at night. He said that it used to take up to a year for filmmakers who used to shoot at monuments. He said that now the process has been made online and permission is granted in twenty days.

Patel said that the fee of one lakh rupees for shooting at these places has been reduced to 50 thousand rupees. He said that except for World Heritage and some other heritage, any common tourist including journalists will be able to take photographs and also do videography on all other monuments.

Regarding the amount of tickets to be put on the monuments, he said that the number of people who visit the monuments will be determined by assessing the ticket amount. Patel said that the government believes that there should not be a uniform ticket amount for all monuments.

He replied to another supplementary question of nominated member Sonal Man Singh that the pension of the artists was a major problem which had been there for the last two years but their pension was also paid in the middle of the corona period.

He said that we have an amount of Guru-Shishya tradition, that is also given. The artists differed on certain rules. He said that the Prime Minister believes that all this should be done online.

He said that the government has given money to the artists who did the activities during the Corona period. He said that earlier physical presence was required, but the rules were relaxed and the artists were given money.

Patel said that we have so much stuff that we are not able to display more than six-seven per cent of it in museums. He said that this is the problem and in this regard, the work of making a new gallery in museums has been started.


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