Thiruvananthapuram: Shooting of TV serials, movies and documentaries has been strictly prohibited on and around the premises of the secretariat. From now on, shooting will be allowed only for official purposes. The circular regarding this was released by the Home Department.
The government receives many applications for shooting movies and television serials on the secretariat premises. Shooting was allowed in the beginning but later started posing a problem for the secretariat and a nuisance to the officials working there.
Many people enter the secretariat for cinema shooting. It is a meticulous task for the security officers to screen and frisk all people entering the premises of the secretariat. The circular reads that activities like food distribution inside the secretariat during shooting are proving to be an issue.
Sometimes modifications are made on the secretariat compound while shooting. The secretariat is a heritage building. The circular points out that modifications that affect the structure are posing real trouble. All these points have led to the recent announcement through the circular.
Several intelligence reports reveal that the secretariat and the areas on its vicinity have been facing security issues for some time now. The State Industrial Security Force in charge of the secretariat has also submitted a report based on this.