MUMBAI: There are 11-cinemas in Kutch (the Saurashtra region of
Kutch Exhibitors Association president A.G. Jagasia says, “Earlier five surveys were conducted and thereafter in April 2004, the government had decided to give financial assistance as assessed by the special committee. Each earthquake-hit cinema owner was sanctioned a relief of about Rs 12.5 million (Rs 1.25 crore). However, so far we have not received a single penny. In April 2005, chief secretary P.K. Laheri forwarded the file pertaining to quake relief to the industry department. The letter was acknowledged by the CMO, but the government is not in a position to decide as to which minister should make the payment. In August this year the cinema owners have submitted a three-page memorandum to Gujarat industry minister Anil Patel.”
Chandrakant Gor who owns two big cinemas in Bhuj (Modern and
However, it remains to be seen what action will be taken.