To ensure the safety of cine workers, Yash Raj Films, one of the leading production houses in the country, in the midst of the rising cases of Kovid-19, has automatically commissioned 30,000 members of the Federation of Western India Counce Employees (K Has taken a step in) FWICE).
In a letter to FWICE, Yash Raj Films (YRF) said that it has requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to buy and allocate Kovid-19 vaccines for these registered workers, who are members of the federation here.
FWICE has a total of 2.5 lakh registered workers.
In the letter on 1 May, through Yash Chopra Foundation, YRF Senior Vice President, Akshay Vidhani stated that, he has given his support to the daily wage laborers.
“The film industry is going through unprecedented times, there is an urgent need to resume as soon as possible so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families,” the letter reads.
“The Yash Chopra Foundation will also bear all other costs related to immunization to workers such as raising awareness, transporting workers and setting up all the necessary infrastructure for the immunization program,” it added.
FNICE President BN Tiwari said that the film body is grateful to the production house for thinking about the safety of workers amidst the second wave of coronovirus epidemic.
“This is a good initiative that they have taken for our workers, who are following all the protocols now because they need to earn bread and butter. With vaccines it will be safe for them to continue working without any fear, ”said Tiwari, adding that the workers are in dire need of financial help as not everyone is getting the opportunity to work.
In reference to a letter sent by YRF, FWICE has also appealed to Thackeray to provide vaccines for film industry artists, workers and technicians.
“We request you to kindly consider Yash Raj Films’ request and provide vaccines to around 30,000 workers. FWICE will extend all its support and cooperation to make this vaccination campaign a success.
FWICE said in a letter to CM, “Once vaccinated, our members can resume their respective work and the industry can continue to function without fear.”
The Maharashtra government had last month announced suspension of all shooting stands to prevent the spread of infection in the state.
Currently, some TV shows and films are being shot outside Maharashtra.
On Monday, Maharashtra recorded 48,621 new COVID-19 cases and 567 deaths.
Last year, several film personalities including Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rohit Shetty, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Janhvi Kapoor offered financial assistance to workers during the epidemic-induced nationwide bandh.