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Kolkata: The six-day long strike by Bengali television artists in Kolkata has ended following an intervention by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

According to the Chief Minister, the shooting for all mega-serials and reality shows, etc. that had been stalled since 18 August, will resume from tomorrow.

The breakthrough comes after Banerjee held a meeting with the producers and artists at the state secretariat Nabanna this afternoon. Representatives of the artists, technicians, and producers were present.

“There have been some problems over the last few days. But in today’s meeting, all the groups have discussed the issues openly and the issues have been sorted out to everyone’s satisfaction. As they had decided earlier, producers will pay the artists by 15th of every month and adhere to the working duration, etc.” the Chief Minister told news-persons taking veteran actor Soumitra Chatterjee by her side.

Banerjee announced that to sort out any issue that might crop up in the Bengali tele-industry in the future, a joint conciliation committee has been formed with representatives from all the stakeholders. Chatterjee has been made the chief advisor of the panel.

“The committee will meet once every month and discuss all issues that might concern the artists, technicians, producers, or the broadcasters,” she said.

Chatterjee thanked the Chief Minister for taking the initiative and the ending the stalemate which has led to the Bengali infotainment channels in Kolkata telecast old episodes of the mega-serials and reality shows.

The artists had gone on the strike from 18 August demanding clearing of dues by the produces, payment of salary by the 15th of every month, and restricting the working slot to 10 hours a day. As it appears from the CM’s announcement, they have succeeded in realising their demands.

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