Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Goa filmmakers want ESG CEO out

Goan film producers have asked the Chief Minister Mr Digambar Kamat to immediately remove the Chief executive officer (CEO) of the Entertainment society of Goa ( ESG) Mr Manoj Srivastava due to several issue affecting them.

Accusing the CEO of continuously trying to sideline the local producers, the Goan film producers in a memorandum made to the Chief Minister said that they are not in a position to carry out any new projects due to the failure of Mr Manoj Srivastava to finalise the film finance scheme and notify the same and blamed  the CEO for delaying the procedure to implement the said scheme which was recently transferred to the ESG..

In their statement the Goan film producers maintained that the CEO has failed to make the ESG the single window for all film related activities and questioned his attitude which they said was aimed at harassing local producers and promote only outsiders. the memorandum urged the government to remove the present CEO and appoint any competent person who is able to handle the affairs of the ESG smoothly.

The Goan film producers also smelt a rat in the Rs 2 crore expenditure made by the ESG on the short film centre as well as the IFFI TV which they said had neither benefited the ESG nor any local film makers. Suspecting foul play in both the projects they urged the government to constitute an enquiry into the affair.

Also under their scanner was a demand to enquire into the visit of the ESG CEO to two film festivals at Berlin and Cannes in which no other official was part of the delegation. they also demanded a total overhaul of the ESG and appointment of new persons to infuse efficiency in the organisation making it more transparent.

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