The Centre has given a green light to the merger of four film units -- Films Division, Directorate of Film Festivals, National Film Archives of India and the Children's Film Society with the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). 

The decision has been taken to streamline operations and ensure "convergence of activities and resources, and better coordination".

In a statement, the Centre said that following the merger the NFDC will be better positioned to promotion, production and preservation of film content under one management.

A crucial goal that the government is aiming to achieve is "to ensure balanced and focused development of Indian cinema in all its genres-feature films, including films and content for the OTT platforms, children's content, animation, short films and documentaries".

The Films Division was set up in 1948 to produce documentaries and news magazines for publicity of government programmes and cinematic record of Indian history.

Children's Film Society, which was thus far an autonomous entity. was established in 1955 to provide value-based entertainment to children and young people through the medium of films.

The primary objective of the National Film Archives of India, which was set up in 1964, was to acquire and preserve Indian cinematic heritage.

The Directorate of Film Festivals was set up in 1973 to promote Indian films and cultural exchange.