The Kerala government has decided not to host any official celebration in the state from government revenues, for the next one year, in view of the recent disastrous floods-havoc. It said that it won’t host any function that involves huge sums of money for a year and instead divert the amount for flood relief.
The government has cancelled events include the much-acclaimed International Film Festival of Kerala, held every December, besides state school youth festivals. A government order said that no government department would host any festival for a year.
The decision comes in the backdrop of the heavy damages and loss of life the state has suffered in the floods and landslides this monsoon. More than 480 people lost their lives in rain-related incidents since June 1.
The funds earmarked for all such cancelled events would be diverted to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), so that to focus the entire government attention towards re-building activities in aid of flood-affected people.
Accordign to state government estimation, Kerala has suffered a damage of Rs 30,000 crore in the worst floods to hit the state in a century. All celebratory programmes of various departments particularly the tourism ministry have been cancelled till next year.