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Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes the Election Commissions Proposal to Ban Anonymity behind Donations of more than Rs 2,000 to Political Parties

EC recommended to slash the limit for accepting anonymous donations to Rs 2,000 from the current Rs 20,000

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Kanpur, December 19, 2016: Welcoming the Election Commissions proposal to ban anonymity behind donations of more than Rs 2,000 to political parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday assured it of implementing measures aimed at preventing black money infiltrating the electoral process.

Addressing a party rally in this industrial city of Uttar Pradesh, Modi accused the opposition of avoiding a debate in Parliament over the issue of political donations and asked the poll panel to continue its endeavour at electoral reforms.

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“During the all-party meeting, before the winter session of Parliament, I had urged for a debate on political donations. People are full of mistrust about the donation to political parties and we must debate on the issue on how to remove this mistrust,” he said.

“People have distrust for politicians over political donations and it is our responsibility to ensure that they do not have any reason to point fingers at political parties over donations,” he added.

Modi said that he and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wholeheartedly welcome the EC’s recent recommendation to slash the limit for accepting anonymous donations to Rs 2,000 from the current Rs 20,000.

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He also advocated simultaneous conduct of the general and assembly elections and yet again flayed the opposition for running away from a debate in Parliament over the issue.

“I also had called for debates on the possibility of simultaneous conduct of general and assembly polls. Due to polls at different times not only are there opportunities of corruption but they also stall development and create tension among people.”

“But there was no debate on these two important issues because the opposition did not allow Parliament to function. They did this because they wanted to avoid any debate on this,” he said.

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Calling on the poll panel to continue its bid to cleanse polls of black money, Modi assured the panel of implementing the recommendations in the interest of the country.

“I urge the EC to take further steps in this regard, call for discussions with all the parties and whatever recommendations come out which are in the interest of the country, which are for the sake of honesty and transparency, this government will implement that,” he added. (IANS)

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Film Friendly Policies and Favourable Conditions in Uttar Pradesh Interest Bollywood

Popular films like "Raid", "Bareilly ki Barfi", "Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana" and "Toilet Ek Prem Katha" were also shot in Uttar Pradesh

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Uttar Pradesh is emerging as the new Bollywood destination. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh is emerging as the new Bollywood destination as A-listers have opted to shoot their films in the state and filmmakers are also busy exploring virgin locations. Officials say that the film-friendly policies and favourable conditions have envinced interest in shooting in the state.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is already shooting in the state capital for his upcoming movie, “Gulabo Sitabo”. Popular films like “Raid”, “Bareilly ki Barfi”, “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” and “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” were also shot in Uttar Pradesh.

The much-loved films like “Mukti Bhawan”, “Masaan”, “Ranjhana”, “Laga Chunri Mein Daag” and “Bunty Aur Babli” were shot in Varanasi. Karan Johar’s much-awaited film “Brahmastra” is also being shot in Varanasi. According to Principal Secretary Information and Tourism, Avanish Awasthi, Uttar Pradesh provides most favourable conditions and resources for film production.

“We offer subsidy if the film fulfils the set criteria and we make sure that the film units get all security and assistance. We have got approval for 21 films by the Script Examination Committee which means there will be more shooting in Uttar Pradesh in the coming months,” he said.

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Toilet- Ek Prem Katha was shot in UP. Flickr

The state government has also formed a committee in every district called the ‘Film Facilitation Committee’ which can be contacted at the time of any problem or any inconvenience. If the problem is not resolved then film producers-directors can contact ‘Film-Bandhu’ division for any assistance.

Lucknow, in particular, has been a favourite for film makers. The state capital has plenty of ‘havelis’ and palatial bungalows that add to the charm of storytelling on screen and the new memorials and parks that have come up are also an attraction for film makers.

In several cases, the owners of these locations have not charged a penny for shooting. The only ‘charge’ is a photograph with the stars or an invitation to a meal.

Earlier, Akshay Kumar had shot extensively in Lucknow for “Jolly LLB 2”. “Lucknow Central”, “Ishaqzaade” and “Dawat-e-Ishq” were set in the backdrop of Lucknow. John Abraham’s upcoming “Batla House” is another Lucknow based film. The critically acclaimed movie “Mulk” was also shot in the city of Nawabs.

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Popular films like “Raid”, “Bareilly ki Barfi”, “Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana” and “Toilet Ek Prem Katha” were also shot in Uttar Pradesh. Flickr

D.K. Singh, who works as a Liaison Officer cum arranger for film units, said: “The government has come up with film-friendly policies and even the bureaucracy is going easy with permissions. Residents no longer go berserk on seeing film stars and there is a definite ease in crowd management. The atmosphere in general is more relaxed and film makers get a good mix of urban as well as rural location in and around Lucknow. Besides, there are innumerable hotels in the state capital that suit every budget.”

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The biggest factor which is drawing filmmakers to the state is that in recent years, there has been no major law and order problem related to film and its subject.

Earlier, shooting of films like “Gadar- Ek Prem Katha” was temporarily stalled because some Muslim clerics objected to some of the names mentioned in the film. The unit of Deepa Mehta’s “Water” had to leave Varanasi without shooting even a single frame because the residents objected to the subject of widow remarriage. (IANS)