Members of the advisory panel of the Central Board of Film Certification on Monday received letters from Board CEO Manish Desai seeking attested copies of certificates of their educational qualifications. This move by the censor board came after its chairperson Leela Samson said last month that 90% of those clearing movies in India are uneducated and an embarrassment.
Desai told dna the letters were sent to the panel members to answer RTI queries.
“Besides, we wanted to prepare the testimonials of the members,” Desai added.
However, members are not convinced with Desai’s reasons and blame the Board for taking the decision in view of the chairperson’s statement.
The members have demanded a public apology from Samson. Two members of the advisory panel from Mumbai — law graduate Shalini Chavan and Dr Asha Paranjape — have even issued a legal notice against Samson.
Chavan said, “According to the chairperson, 90 out of 100 people are uneducated. If this was the case, what was she doing during the two years of her term? She hasn’t met the panel members.
Then how can she make such sweeping statements? Besides, education is a relative term.”
The move will help everyone to know the educational qualifications of the members, Chavan added.
“We demand her (Samson) resignation as she is an embarrassment for us. You do not need a PhD to be sensitive,” Chavan said.