Bhubaneswar:23/7/18: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today formed a ministerial committee headed by Finance Minister Sashi Bhusan Behera to find out ways for the development of Odia film industry, known as Ollywood.
A decision in this regard was taken during a meeting chaired by the Chief Minister held at the State Secretariat this evening.
The committee will comprise Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Prafulla Samal and Industries Minister Ananta Das as members. Principal Secretary, Industries Department, Sanjeev Chopra will be Convenor of the committe.
Sources said the committee has been asked to submit the report to the government within one month suggesting the steps to be taken to revive the film industry, which is not in good shape for the last few years.
On the basis of the report, the government will frame a policy in order order give a boost to the bleeding regional cinema industry.
This apart, various issues plaguing the Odia cinema such as renovation of the iconic Kalinga Studio, located on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, among others were discussed in the meeting.
MSME Minister Prafulla Samal, Industries Minister Ananta Das, Development Commissioner R Balakrishnan, Odisha Film Development Corporation (OFDC) Chairman and actor Kuna Tripathy and other officials were present in the meeting.