All productions houses will be shut until March 31 as per government advisory amid the massive Coronavirus outbreak. Amid the tensed situation, Kulmeet Makkar, CEO of Film and Television Producers’ Guild of India (FTPG), has announced that for the daily wage workers, a relief fund will be set up in the industry latest by Thursday. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: ATP, WTA Suspend Professional Tennis Season Till June 7

In an interview with Mid Day which was held on Wednesday, Kulmeet said, “It’s too early to say who will donate, but anyone is free to do so. We opened a bank account on Wednesday morning; by Thursday evening, it will be functional for people to send in their contributions directly. [To determine the parties that are in need of financial aid], we are evaluating each production that was on floors, making a list of the people employed for the respective productions, and finally, determining the number of days for which they will lose out on their payment.” Also Read - List of Exams Postponed in Country Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

“In light of the complete shutdown of all production-related activity for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there is bound to be a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of daily wage earners in the industry. The Producers Guild has decided to set up a relief fund to help support those most affected by the shutdown. We would encourage the entire fraternity to contribute to the fund, to ensure that we can do all we can to minimise the disruption in the lives of our valued colleagues and associates in this difficult time,” Siddharth Roy Kapur—Producers Guild of India President, said in a statement on Wednesday Also Read - After CBSE, ICSE Board Postpones Class 10 And 12 Board Exams Over Coronavirus Outbreak

“Hypothetically, let’s say Bhansali had a 60-day schedule, and the unit could work for only 15 days (before the shutdown). So, they will be compensated for the remaining 45 days of work because we don’t want people to feel the loss of livelihood. (Even though the shutdown is till March 31), we are preparing for an eventuality that could last anywhere between 15 to 60 days,” said Kulmeet while talking about how will the affected people be identified.

As per the government orders, all the productions house are shut until March 31 at the least.