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Odisha Chief Minister formed a ministerial committee to find out ways for the development of Odia film industry

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.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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