To ensure the safety of film workers in the increasing cases of Covid-19, Yash Raj Films, one of the country’s leading production houses, has set itself the task of vaccinating 30,000 members of the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE).
In a letter to FWICE, Yash Raj Films (YRF) said they had asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to distribute and purchase Covid-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 May 1 letter, Akshaye Widhani, YRF’s senior vice president, said the production banner had offered its support to day laborers through the Yash Chopra Foundation.
“With the film industry going through an unprecedented period, there is an urgent need to restart at the earliest so that thousands of workers can get their livelihoods back and protect their families,” the letter said.
“The Yash Chopra Foundation will also bear all other costs associated with vaccinating workers, such as raising awareness, transporting workers and building all the necessary infrastructure for the vaccination program,” it said.
BN Tiwari, President of FWICE, said the movie body was grateful to the production house for thinking about worker safety in the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It is a good initiative that you have taken for our employees who are now following all protocols because they have to earn bread and butter. With the vaccine, they can continue working without fear, ”Tiwari told PTI, adding that workers are in dire need of financial aid as not all of them are given the opportunity to work.
In relation to the letter from YRF, FWICE has also appealed to Thackeray to provide vaccines for artists, workers and technicians in the film industry.
“We ask you to consider Yash Raj Films’ request and provide vaccines for around 30,000 employees. FWICE will also expand all of its support and collaboration to make this vaccination a success.
“Once vaccination is complete, our members can resume their respective jobs and the industry can continue working without fear,” said FWICE in a letter to the CM.
The Maharashtra government announced last month that it would suspend all shootings to curb the spread of the infection in the state.
There are currently few TV shows and filming events taking place outside of Maharashtra.
On Monday, Maharashtra reported 48,621 new COVID-19 cases and 567 deaths.
In the past year, many movie personalities including Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Rohit Shetty, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor and Janhvi Kapoor had offered financial assistance to workers during the nationwide lockdown triggered by the pandemic.