IFFK to Youth Festival, Kerala Government cancels all official celebrations for one year

After the deadly floods hit Kerala, the state is still in need of funds to stand up on its feet again. The Government of Kerala has now decided to cancel all official celebrations including youth festivals, the School Kalolsavam (arts festival), International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and all celebrations organized by the Tourist Department, for a year.

The statement also mentions that the funds that were allocated for all these celebrations will now be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).

Till Monday, the CMDRF had received Rs 1,036 crore. Kerala Ministers are soon leaving for 14 countries to raise money from public contributions.

However, State Culture Minister A.K. Balan said there was some disconnect in the order.

“There needs to be more clarity about this order and a letter has been sent to the Chief Secretary for the same. There was no decision taken by the Committee of Ministers looking into rebuilding the state,” Balan told the media.

Veteran Director Kamal, who is also the chairman of the academy that organizes the IFFK, said the order had come as a surprise as he had discussed about the conduct of the film festival with Balan in the morning.

“We can hold this festival without any celebrations and utilize our own funds,” said Kamal.

Till Monday, the CMDRF had received Rs 1,036 crore. Kerala Ministers are soon leaving for 14 countries to raise money from public contributions.

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