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Probe Entertainment Society of Goa scams underSrivastava’s tenure: Vijai

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Fatorda’s independent MLA Vijai Sardesai has demanded that the state government conduct an inquiry into the alleged scams carried out during the tenure of Manoj Srivastava as chief executive officer (CEO) of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG).

Sardesai said that Srivastava should be summarily removed from the post so that “he doesn’t interfere in the inquiry proceedings”.

Addressing mediapersons on Saturday, Sardesai demanded for a white paper from the government on all the nine editions of the International film festival of India (Iffi) held between 2004-2012 and that the benefits accrued to the state of Goa, especially as the bulk of the expenditure has come from the state treasury.

“Rupees 48 lakh is the total contribution of the Union ministry of information and broadcasting and directorate of film festivals from 2005-2011 against a total expenditure of 74 crore by the ESG,” said Sardesai.

The MLA demanded that in view of the present “gloomy economic scenario”, the government should cut down on “unnecessary wasteful expenditure on peripheral activities that benefits only the city of Panaji” or “political appointees who make money from the festival”.

“All entertainment programmes and parties connected with Iffi 2012 should be cancelled immediately and it should be organized as a quiet and low key event with only the serious business of film screenings, marketing and workshops being conducted,” Sardesai said.

Sardesai further charged ESG chairman and chief minister Manohar Parrikar of turning “a blind eye to the massive corruption in ESG”. This year’s Iffi will show yet another example of continuity in corruption,” he said.

Courtesy : TOI