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Five mobile digital movie theatres flagged off by CM Khandu

The CM further said that local film producers can benefit from these theatres as the state doesn’t have much to write about cinema halls and multiplexes.

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Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with Information & Public Relations (IPR) Minister Bamang Felix and Advisor Laisam Simai on Thursday flagged off five mobile digital movie theatres at a function held at the DK Convention Centre here.

“Why should entertainment be confined to towns and cities? Now we will take entertainment, information and education to the doorstep of our villagers,” Khandu said after the flag off.

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The CM further said that local film producers can benefit from these theatres as the state doesn’t have much to write about cinema halls and multiplexes.

He informed that the project was conceived two years ago and budget provisions were kept for procurement of the mobile theatres and training of personnel to run them.

“Our main focus is to empower our rural citizens through educating them digitally besides providing some entertainment,” Khandu said.

The mobile theatres are equipped with V-SATS that offer internet connectivity anywhere.

The CM said special films will be screened educating people on the State as well as Central government’s programs and policies that will guide them to avail benefits from welfare schemes.

“These mobile theatres will connect the rural populace with the government,” he claimed.

Khandu said as a pilot project, these mobile theatres have been procured by the department of IPR and they will be dispatched to five different districts- Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Namsai, East Siang and Tawang.

“After about a year, we will study the feedbacks received and plan accordingly whether to procure more or not,” he informed.

The mobile theatres are equipped with V-SATS that offer internet connectivity anywhere.

For the first three months, these will be run by Picture Times.

Meanwhile, local people will be trained, who will take over the theatres when the time comes.

These theatres will also be available for use by other departments like Health, Education, Agriculture, Horticulture, etc for their respective IEC campaigns in return for a minimal payment.

The IPR department is in process of finalising a guideline for this.

UNI DS RN

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