Bhubaneswar: International board member of World Women Organisation (WWO), well-known author and women activist Manasi Pradhan has been appointed as Advisory Panel member of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), popularly known as the Censor Board.
Mrs. Pradhan has been appointed to the panel for a period of two years by Union Information & Broadcasting Ministry, Govt. of India, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 5 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 that governs exhibition of all films in India. The appointment is also notified in the Gazette of India, Part II Section 3 and Sub-section (ii).
As per Rule 22 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, advisory panel member examine a film for its certification by the Censor Board. They are also nominated to Revising Committee for re-examining a film rejected by the Examining Committee.
Mrs. Pradhan who is widely known for championing women issues in global forums is also well-known as an author and poet. Her fourth book ‘Urmi-O-Uchchwas’ is undergoing translation into eight major languages of the world.
The Censor Board headquartered in Mumbai is presently headed by noted actress Mrs. Sharmila Tagore as its chairperson and has among others Prasar Bharati Chairperson Mrs. Mrinal Pande, noted journalist Dilip Cherian, noted actress Durga Jasraj, renowned director L. Suresh, renowned dancer Geeta Chandran as its members.