CM endorses CCP’s move to ban expos

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that he supported the decision of the Corporation of the City of Panaji to stop exhibitions as a matter of ‘principle’ though “bans are never good,” while questioning the corporations locus standi to ban film shootings.

Speaking to media on the sidelines of the assembly session, the chief minister said that though giving permissions for film shootings did not come under the ambit of the corporation but permission had to be given by the collector and ESG, their resolution – more of a recommendatory manner – would be considered by the government. “I don’t think it is in their ambit,” he said while speaking about film shootings, “but exhibitions come under CCP definitely. It is a commercial activity. I support it as a matter of principle not as a ban..”

He however, went on to say, “Whenever traffic problems are there, whenever littering takes place. It should be stopped,” he said, adding, “Film shootings cannot be banned en masse. (but)Permission should not be given at problem points.”   Meanwhile, the Federation of Film Fraternity of Goa (FFFG), while expressing support to the resolution adopted by the Corporation of the city of Panjim to ban film shootings in the city, has asked the corporation to relax the ban for local filmmakers.[H]