Sibal asks Aamir to reconsider decision

HRD Minister has asked Aamir to reconsider his decision to resign from the expert panel on copyright issues.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2010 1:08:59 am

HRD Minister Kapil Sibal on Thursday said he had asked actor Aamir Khan to reconsider his decision to resign from the expert panel on copyright issues and was hopeful that the actor would be back on board. The move comes after other panel members wrote to Sibal that they had no doubts about Khan’s intentions or integrity. Khan had resigned from the 10-member panel on Tuesday after his arguments with lyricist Javed Akhtar on the issue were made public. Akhtar also met the HRD Minister on Thursday.

Sibal told reporters that since the panel members had written to him saying they had no reason to doubt Aamir’s integrity,he called up the actor and also e-mailed him about this. “He (Aamir) said he would reconsider the issue and respond soon on this. I hope he will not resign from the panel in this situation,” Sibal said.

In a letter to Sibal,members,including Akhtar,Anjum Rajabali,Vishal Bhardwaj,Prasoon Joshi,Saket Chaudhury,Vishal Dadlani and Ram Sampat,have said they want to “plainly assert that there has never been any doubt about Aamir’s intentions in engaging with this process,far less his integrity”.

Sibal also clarified that the expert panel constituted on February 14 was no statutory panel but just an informal grouping of people from the film industry in which the government had only the role of a facilitator.

“Basically,the government is concerned about the dip in creativity and innovation in the film industry…. There is a need to boost creativity and we are getting a law towards this end. While the Cabinet has passed the proposed law,we want the film industry to decide by consensus and evolve a practice on royalty payments for creative artists. So an informal panel was constituted after I held discussions with representatives of the industry,” the minister added.

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