NEW DELHI: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Wednesday said that the awards of 66th National Film Awards will be announced after the 17th General Elections comes to an end.
Usually, the National Film Awards winners are usually announced in the month of April.
"Since the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) is in force, which facilitates level playing field to all political parties and the candidates and inter alia seeks to ensure that the power of media is not used in such a manner which affects the general conduct and level playing field during the election process, it has been decided to declare the awards after the election process is over and the MCC concludes," the statement read.
Since 1972, these awards are administered along with the International Film Festival of India and Indian Panorama, by the Indian Government’s Directorate of Film Festivals.
The National Film Awards ceremony honours the best of Indian cinema through an event in New Delhi on May 3 every year. However, the date for this year is yet to be announced.