Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday demanded the formation of an independent authority for the conduct of the International film festival of India (Iffi). Parrikar said this during a meet after the inauguration of film bazaar organized by the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) as part of the ongoing Iffi 2012.
Responding to the demand, Manish Tiwari, Union information and broadcasting minister promised to look into the demand of the state for more roles in the decision-making process at Iffi after the ten-day event ended.

Parrikar said that the formation of an independent authority for the conduct of Iffi would clear it from charges of political interference from either the Centre or the state.

"Conduct of every event jointly by the state and the Centre should not be portrayed as an onslaught on federal structure of the country. We at the I and B ministry are working with the state government for smooth conduct of the festival. When we have any concern we sort it out with the state. Similarly when they have any concern we try to accommodate them. But if something more needs to be done we are ready consider after the event is over," Tewari said.

A section in the Goa regime feels that while the Centre was using all the infrastructure in the state for conducting Iffi, the state was not being given any due in the decision-making process, particularly about the list of invitees and the scope and nature of different events.

Pointing out that there are capital recurring expenditures for the conduct of Iffi, Parrikar said the state would have to find resources for the capital expenditure, whereas the Centre would be approached for meeting the recurring expenditures so that the festival would become self-sustaining.

Parrikar said that Goa would tone up the infrastructure for the smooth conduct of the festival in five years time so that it would become a world class event.
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