The Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic have affected everyone around the world. In India, shoots of television shows were halted after the Government announced a lockdown. It has now been around 2 months since the shoots of television shows have been halted. Audiences are watching old episodes of their favourite shows.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced the the fourth phase of lockdown will continue from 18th May and it will come with new terms and conditions. Amidst all this, we have a good news for all the television fans out there.
As per recent reports, the makers of TV shows will be able to resume the shooting of their shows by the end of June. However, they’ll have to follow the guidelines set by FWICE. In an exclusive chat with a leading newspaper, BN Tiwari, president of the Federation of Western India Cine Employee (FWICE), revealed that they put some conditions for producers keeping the daily wagers in mind.
Here are the conditions TV producers need to agree to in order to resume shoot:
1. FWICE has started training everyone on how to wear a mask and use sanitiser. Every set will have an inspector, who will inspect who is wearing a mask and who is not. Until the workers get used to it, the inspector will continue to be there.
2. If a worker dies of the novel coronavirus, the channel and producer will have to pay a compensation of Rs 50 lakh to the worker’s family and also should take care of their medical expenses. For accidental deaths, producers have given Rs 40-42 lakh but FWICE has kept the minimum compensation amount to Rs 50 lakh. This will boost the confidence of the workers, who will be assured that if something happens to them the producers will take care of their family, and will look forward to coming to work.
3. During a shoot, there are at least 100 or above people on the sets. But, according to the circumstances, makers will have to manage with 50 per cent of the unit. Producers will also have to confirm that the remaining 50 per cent is working in shifts so that no one goes jobless. People above 50 years of age have been asked to stay at home for the next three months, as they are more prone to COVID-19 than the others.
4.An ambulance should always be there on the sets in case of an emergency.
FWICE will be conducting a virtual meeting with the producers and channel heads regarding the news headlines soon.