Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Government in its attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19 imposed a slew of new and strict restrictions across the state. This has ultimately impacted the film industry as Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray announced the 15-day curfew till May 1.
The film industry has agreed to support and abide by the rules put into place by the Maharashtra Chief Minister in his address to the state on Tuesday evening. However, it also wants the government to extend the same financial help to daily wage workers of the industry as the CM has promised for construction workers and rickshaw drivers.
Ashok Dubey of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) said, "We are going to follow the curfew and therefore all shootings will be put on hold till April 30. But we would want the government to financially help our daily wage workers, We have the entire list with account numbers which we can share with the government. The daily wagers of the industry are first to get hit once a shooting stops or is on hold. We don't want another exodus scenario and therefore request the CM to help our industry workers too like he is helping in the other sectors", as reported by ETimes.
The government has secured payments for auto drivers and other sectors, however, the halting of shoots has impacted the daily wage workers of the film industry.
On being asked upon the plan of action if the Janta curfew extends for more than 15 days and shootings do not resume, Ashok said, “ We are worried about that, therefore, like the IPL which is allowed to continue in a bio-bubble, we will be writing to the CM for the same permission.''