Panaji: The Congress party has demanded a white paper on the overall benefits received by the State and more particularly the local Film Fraternity from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), which is been held in the State since last 15 years.
Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) spokesperson Swati Kerkar alleged that the BJP Government and the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), the nodal agency to host the event, has totally surrendered themselves to Information and Broadcasting Ministry and Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) having no say in organisational aspect of the festival.
“The ESG has absolutely no role in decision making of organising IFFI, despite Goa Government spending almost 40-50 crores every year on the mega film festival,” Kerkar said.
“We demand that Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant who is also the Chairman of ESG should immediately release a white paper on the overall benefits received by Goa and more particularly the Goan Film Fraternity from IFFI in last 15 years,” Kerkar demanded
Kerkar said that it is high time that State Government reviews its role in organising the mega event which has not brought any benefits to Goa in last 15 years as compared to huge expenditure incurred on creating infrastructure and organisation of the festival.
Congress has warned to stage demonstrations in support of Goan film fraternity during forthcoming IFFI-2019, if Konkani movies are not included in the Panorma section.