FDC’s renovation at a snail’s paceCultural Correspondent
Bangladesh Film Development Corporation has failed to utilise the government fund to modernise different sections of the state run service provider as per its promise.
The government allocated taka 60 crore in last October, in three installments, for purchasing modern equipment including camera, negative processing plant, editing machine, sound equipment, colour analyser machine, lighting equipment and others.
The first installment of taka 10 crore was disbursed, but the fund remained unused. ‘We did not get any response even though calling tender to purchase two high-tech 35mm movie cameras and a 35 mm film printing machine from the allocation,’ recently appointed managing director of FDC Pijush Bandyopadhaya told New Age.
‘We are now working to make some changes in the specification so that we can have response,’ he said.
Pijush Bandyopadhaya, however, claimed that some renovation of the premises of FDC was going on using a portion of the government fund. ‘We will try to finish the whole process of digitalisation by the next year including the left over works of the last year,’ he said.
Pijush has put yet another promise that the long cherished full-fledged film and television institute will be finally start by this year as the government has reinforced its activities to execute the pledge made long ago.
‘It will take December to finish all the bureaucratic formalities and to finalise the curriculum and faculty members. The official declaration is also due in December,’ said Pijush.
The initial activity of the institute will take place at the National Institute of Mass Communication, he further added.
Since 1990s, every political government made the pledge of introducing a film and television institute in response to the continuous lobby by the film industry people.
comments powered by Disqus