India is facing a national crisis of COVID-19 outbreak, the central, as well as state governments, are working to get the situation under control. As the parts of the country are still under lockdown many of the financial sectors are facing problems. The film industry has also been experiencing obstacles for scheduling and shooting films. Yash Raj Films have stated that they will vaccinate 30,000 registered workers of the Film industry. Yash Raj Films have requested the Government of Maharashtra for permission to buy 60,000 doses of Vaccines, the total cost of Vaccination would be taken care of by Yash Raj Films.
Akshaye Widhani, Senior Vice President, YRF, wrote in his letter, “With the film industry going through an unprecedented time, there is an urgent need to restart at the earliest so that thousands of workers can start earning their livelihood again and protect their families. Yash Raj Films, through The Yash Chopra Foundation, would like to offer its support in this regard. We have sent a request to the Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra to allocate and allow us to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for 30,000 registered workers, who are members of the film industry’s federation in Mumbai at the earliest. The Yash Chopra Foundation will bear all other costs too associated with vaccinating the workers such as raising awareness, transportation of workers & setting up all the required infrastructure for the immunisation program. We hope our kind request is approved which will enable our members to be safe and also get them back to work at the earliest.”
The Federation of western India Cine Employees have also written a letter to the Government of Maharashtra to allow YRF for the purchase of the Vaccines, few lines in the letter states “Vaccination is very important not only to fight the disease but also to fight against the dropping economy of the state,”
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When the nation was hit by the first wave of Pandemic, many big names of the industry came forward to help the workers in the Film industry, they were provided with basic needs of food, medicines and financial help if needed.