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FTII strike: Both parties agree to talks to end stalemate

Students and ministry want no preconditions to talks; date and venue are yet to be decided.

Students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) who are on strike have expressed their willingness to have talks with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, without any preconditions.

This was conveyed to the ministry by the students while replying to offers of talks from the government.

K Sanjay Murthy, Joint Secretary (Films), Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, had on Wednesday sent a letter to the students signaling their willingness for talks in order to end the ongoing stalemate. Thursday marked the 97th day of the strike with multiple students on hunger strike.

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Students had started the protest after the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan and three others to the governing body of FTII.

The impasse has resulted in the complete suspension of the academic cycle of the institute.

Ranjit Nair, representative of FTII Student’s Association (FSA), said they have replied to the letter of the Joint Secretary.

“We stated that we are positive about the prospective meeting and respect their expectation of not having any preconditions,” he said.

“But we also expect the ministry not to have preconditions from their side as well,” he added.

The date and location shall be decided soon, he said.

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