CARNIVAL BUDGET SLASHED BY THE GOVERNMENT

PANJIM: Carnival celebrations in Goa this year have been marred with the state government making meagre allocation for the festivities forcing the organisers to look for sponsors.  Panjim carnival committee, headed by city mayor Carolina Po said that they have been sanctioned only Rs 4 lakh for the entire event including the famous float parade against Rs 25 lakh last year.
He said that it is difficult to hold decent celebration with such meagre amount which has forced them to look out for sponsors. Carnival festivities run for four days which include a grand float parade that wades through the main streets of the city.
King Momo, a mythological character, orders a decree of 'Eat, drink and be merry' during the carnival festivities. This year carnival is scheduled to be held from March 5. Po said that the festival should be given due importance as thousands of tourists arrive in Goa to see the celebration.
State tourism director Swapnil Naik said that though the budget is slashed, the organising committees have been given free hand to look out for sponsors.

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