Goa government’s move to collaborate with Tiatr Academy to host a singing competition to create awareness on government schemes has drawn the ire of opposition parties, with leaders terming the move an attempt at muzzling critical views of Tiatr.
On Thursday, local dailies had carried an advertisement by the state’s Department of Information and Publicity announcing a collaboration with Tiatr to host ‘Konkani Kantaram Utsav’. The advertisement specified that the “songs must be based on achievements of the present government and emphasising the schemes implemented by it for the welfare of the state and create awareness to the people”. The event slated for March 8 has awards of Rs 5,000 and Rs 25,000 for best lyrics and best singing, respectively.
State Congress secretary Sunil Kawthankar said, “BJP is misusing Triatr for propaganda as it knows that the people are annoyed by its false electoral promises. The party’s own sycophants may come in guise of participants.” AAP and NCP too criticised the move.
Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar said the government does not intend to impose any restriction. “Our aim is only to reach out to the people at the grassroots with our programmes. Praising or criticising the government won’t fetch you awards,” he said.