Govt moots national museum for Indian cinema by 2013: Soni

Mumbai: The Central government plans to set up a national museum here for Indian cinema by 2013 to commemorate the centenary of the film industry.

"We are committed to the national heritage mission and will be celebrating 100-years of Indian cinema in 2013 for which we are setting up a national museum of Indian cinema in Mumbai...we have already allocated Rs 650-crore for the same," Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni today said.

In order to enhance the technical aspects of the Indian film industry and to increase the trend of animation and gaming, the ministry also has plans to set up a national centre for animation and gaming industry at an initial investment of Rs 52-crore, she told reporters on the sidelines of FICCI-FRAMES 2010 here.

On service tax relaxation, the minister said that the Government would review the matter.

"We are completing 100-years of cinema and I don't make people feel unhappy. We will review the matter with the Finance Ministry," she said.

The last Budget has proposed to bring copyright on recording of cinematographic films and sound recordings under the taxable category of intellectual property rights.

On the issue of Phase-III FM radio broadcasting, Soni said that the ministry will draft the policy in this regard and the auction will be held as per schedule.

The government had made some amendments in Cinematograph Act to curb piracy, the minister said.