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SWA India offers immediate financial help to members in dire straits due to the lockdown


Additionally, the association has also offered an immediate assistance of Rs5,000 to members who might test positive for the coronavirus infection. 

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The Screenwriter's Association (SWA) India has offered immediate monetary help for any member who might be struggling financially during the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Robin Bhatt, the association president, issued a statement asking members to step forward with their information so that the association can reach out to help them. 

The statement reads, ''SWA is not only committed to the well-being of its members but also aware of its basic social responsibility and it promises to be there with each of you in this hour of a humanitarian crisis."

The message states that any member in dire need of financial help during the shutdown can reach out to the association. "Any member (life/regular, associate or fellow) who finds her/himself in dire condition due to the lockdown, can write an email to SWA contact@swaindia.org with their membership details and their problem in brief, along with their bank account details and mobile number. SWA will try and reach out to them to the best of their ability and help them in a suitable way," the statement said. 

The payment will reportedly be made directly to each individual account. Furthermore, the association will offer Rs5,000 as immediate assistance to any member (life/regular, associate or fellow) of the SWA who tests positive for infection from the COVID-19 virus. 

This is the latest offer of financial help from a film industry association for members who are faced with the prospect of no income during the shutdown period. Several associations, including the Producers' Guild of India, have come together to help workers and members of the film fraternity to cope with the loss of pay caused by the shutdown.  

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