Panaji, Nov 12 (IBNS) While the stage is set for the 43rd edition of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa, the event is forced to organize cultural and peripheral programs on low scale.
The reason: Goa is facing financial crunch as its second largest revenue generating sector - mining is banned since September.
Entertainment Society of Goa's (ESG) Vice Chairman Vishnu Wagh told a press conference on Monday the festival will have all the spice except that it will not be a grand fair.
The state government had suspended licenses of all operating mining leases after the Shah Commission report pointed out illegalities and irregularities worth Rs 35,000 crores in the state.
The Central government thereafter suspended environmental clearances pending verification. The matter is now being heard in the Supreme Court wherein a green NGO has sought closure of all mines in the state.
The 10-day festival scheduled to begin from November 20 in the state's capital Panaji is nevertheless ensuring that local talents are promoted. For this, a special platform 'Goan Art Wall' is being set up wherein local visual artists, for the first time, will display their talent.