After a break of almost three months due to the Coronavirus lockdown, the shootings for TV shows in Mumbai were about to commence sometime in this week after getting a clearance from the government. All the necessary precautions, too, were taken. However, that couldn't happen as the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) and Cine And TV Artistes' Association (CINTAA) cancelled all shoots at the last minute. As per them, some demands laid in front of the Indian Film & TV Producers' Council (IFTPC) weren't fulfilled, one of which was providing an insurance cover against Coronavirus to all the actors and crew members.
However, a report in Mumbai Mirror now suggests that the demand has been taken into consideration. Reportedly, the Mumbai-based fraternity is entitled to Rs 2 lakh med-claim for the treatment, while their family members will get Rs 25 lakh as compensation in case of anyone's demise because of the infection. A few sources revealed to the tabloid that the paperwork for this process started on Tuesday. The chairperson of the television division, Indian Film and Television Producers Council, JD Majethia, confirmed the news with MM saying, "We're glad that the issue of insurance and other important matters are resolved. Policy premium will be paid by producers and broadcasters. We can begin shoots on June 25, depending on preparedness of the makers."
Alliance Insurance Broker’s Sumant Salian added, "Previously, only accidental injuries and deaths were covered. Now, TV producers are including other medical conditions, including Covid-19, in health insurance provided to their actors and crew before resuming work."
It was on Tuesday that the state government reworked the General Resolution (issued on May 31) which granted permission to resume shootings for TV, OTT and ads, albeit by following all the Standard Operation Procedures.
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