Protest against promotion of alcohol during International Film Festival of India 2010

Panaji, Nov 21 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS) Goa Women’s Organisation has taken strong objection to the promotion of alcohol during International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2010.

Bailancho Saad has written to the Chief Secretary and Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) protesting against the ‘Kingfisher Village’ and demanded to stop the sale and promotion of alcohol on Government premises.

“We strongly condemn the Government’s move for giving the state the reputation of an alcoholic and casino gambling state merely to satisfy the evilness of the rich and live off the earning by prostitution Goa,” organization head Sabina Martins said.

It has been learnt that alcohol will be sold, consumed and advertised at Inox and Children’s Park, Campal, both of which are Government
locations.

She alleged that the Government did not live up to its assurances that sale, consumption and advertisement of alcohol would not be
permissible in the Government premises, as these activities are against the directive principles of the Indian Constitution.

“We have furnished a complaint copy to the President, Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister (Goa) Digambar Kamat,” Martins said.

In the past, Bailancho Saad had raised similar objections which led to the closure of the ‘Kingfisher media lounge’ in the Old Goa Medical College precinct, where liquors were served free of cost.

Unfazed by the protest, Kingfisher Village organizers have reeled out its 11-day entertainment schedule starting from today evening. It has roped in music bands like Tidal Waves, Forefront and Pure Magic among others to perform on the sidelines of the IFFI festival.

Western dance performances, African acrobats, Manipuri fire jugglers and belle dancers are among other performers. ESG officials were however not available for comments.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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