Women`s group flays IFFI organisers for "promoting" alcohol

Panaji, Nov 21 (PTI) A day before the beginning of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, a local women`s organisation today accused the organisers of promoting alcohol during the mega event. In a strongly worded letter, the group, Bailancho Saad, expressed strong opposition to the setting up of ``Kingfisher Village``, an initiative of spirits maker UB Group, which is headed by liquor baron Vijay Mallya.

The letter has been addressed to Manoj Srivastava, Chief Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), a State Government body which is the nodal agency for the 11-day fest. Such an initiative will give the tourist state the tag of an alcohol and gambling destination, it said.

Bailancho Saad President Sabina Martins said it is sad that the Government itself is promoting such perceptions. Kingfisher Village has been set up at the periphery of the IFFI venue in Children``s Park, where music and other activities will be held during the event.

Kingfisher, UB Group``s flagship brand, has also set up its stall at INOX courtyard, an official IFFI venue. The Government has failed to live up to its assurance that sale, consumption and advertisement of alcohol would not be permitted in the government premises, Martins said.

IFF organisers, including the ESG Chief Executive, were not available for comment.

PTI

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