Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Information and Public Relations (IPR) minister Bamang Felix on Monday directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to come up with a detailed action plan in a week’s time to complete the construction of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) at Jote.

Felix gave the direction during a coordination meeting with officials of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute (SRFTI), CPWD (Itanagar) and the Directorate of IPR here.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow progress of work, Felix said the CPWD needs to ensure its completion within the revised deadline of May 31, 2022, and for which a detailed action plan needs to be prepared.

Located around 20km from the state capital, the FTII at Jote is the first film and television institute of the northeast and the third in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid the foundation stone for the film institute in February 2019.

Felix directed the officials of the DIPR to visit the FTII site once a week to monitor the progress of work and assist in troubleshooting the issues, if any.

Further exhorting the officials present to go beyond their duties and consider FTII’s establishment as their responsibility towards the future generation, the minister assured all possible assistance from the state government for the institute’s completion on time.

He, however, also made it clear that negligence by the authorities concerned in its completion or creation of hurdles by private individuals or groups would not be tolerated.

CPWD, Itanagar executive engineer Parsoon Kumar Pal assured the minister that all the structures of the institute would be completed by December this year.

“All residential structures for the institute have been completed and we have scheduled March 31, 2022, as the final completion date, which is two months ahead of the official completion deadline,” Pal said.

Taking part in the discussion, SRFTI director Debasish Ghoshal informed that they are currently pursuing the recruitment of 65 staff, both teaching and non-teaching, for the FTII with the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

“The appointments are likely to be sanctioned shortly and it will ensure that the FTII is operational when it gets inaugurated,” Professor Ghoshal said.

Several other issues concerning the institute were discussed in detail during the meeting which, among others, was attended by IPR secretary N T Glow, DIPR director Dasher Teshi, SRFTI registrar Dr Sushrut Sharma and nodal officer Prof Samiran Dutta.

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