Who: Shyam Benegal Committee
What: Constituted by Union Government
When: 1 January 2016
Why: To revamp Censor Board
Union Government on 1 January 2016 constituted Shyam Benegal Committee for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952. The committee was formed with an aim to revamp Censor Board of India.
The recommendations of this Committee will provide a holistic framework and enable those tasked with the work of certification of films to discharge their responsibilities keeping in view this framework.
The committee will be headed by noted film-maker Shyam Benegal. The other Members of the Committee include Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Piyush Pandey, Bhawana Somaaya , Nina Lath Gupta and Joint Secretary (Films) as Member Convenor.
Terms of Reference of the Committee
• During their deliberations, the Committee would be expected to take note of the best practices in various parts of the world, especially where the film industry is given sufficient and adequate space for creative and aesthetic expression.
• It will recommend broad guidelines under the provisions of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 for the benefit of the chairperson and other members of the Screening Committee.
• The staffing pattern of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) will also be looked into in an effort to recommend a framework which would provide transparent user friendly services.
• The Committee has been asked to submit its recommendations by March 2016.