FFFG urges govt to deny safe passage to ESG CEO
The Federation of Film Fraternity of Goa (FFFG) has demanded immediate removal of the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), Mr Manoj Srivastava,
for his alleged connections with the foreign companies as well as act of promoting a film city in Malwan, in Konkan, Maharashtra, which is in total violation of rules applicable to public servants and in sharp contrast to the decision of the Goa government to start two film cities in the state.
A memorandum to this effect has been submitted by the FFFG to the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar and other high ranking officials of the government.
Coming out with this information, the spokesperson of the FFFG, Mr Augie D’Mello, in a press note, said that the association urged the government to ensure that the vigilance inquiry is initiated immediately against Mr Srivastava so that he does not get a safe passage to walk out, after his present contract with the ESG is over. Incidentally, the contract is due to expire at the end of this year.
The FFFG has also demanded that a special inquiry be ordered into the alleged ` 1 crore bank guarantee scam, wherein it suspects large kickbacks being given to the senior officials of the ESG to release the bank guarantee to the event management agency as linked to the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2009, without recovery of the sponsorship amount.
The FFFG has further demanded a vigilance inquiry into all the telephone calls made by the CEO of the ESG and all communications sent by him during the last three years to various people, stating that it will expose his alleged links and establish misuse of power and public money for promoting personal business interests.
FFFG has also demanded recovery of the entire amount spent by Mr Srivastava on mobile phones, which is in gross violation of the government guidelines, besides the expenditure incurred on official vehicle accident, which was driven by him at 3 a. m, and the exorbitant amount spent on Short Film Centre as well as T-20 of India Cinema.
“The recent media expose involving the CEO of the ESG that showed him having a private company under the name of Manoj Srivastava Media Corp Private Limited has vindicated our stand of the dubious connections of the CEO with foreign agencies,” the press note stated, adding that the FFFG had earlier exposed the links of the CEO with a German company where he was holding the post of deputy managing director. [NT]