Under flak, govt drops invite to neighbours for Carnival

 

 The Tourism Ministry has been compelled to abandon its plan to invite neighbouring States to participate at the Carnival float parade this February due to growing opposition. Instead States would be invited to participate only at the food and cultural festival that is being revived after almost six years.
While speaking to Herald Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar conceded, “There was growing opposition and reservations to this plan, so we have decided to extend an invitation to the neighbouring States to participate only at the food and cultural festival.” 
The food and cultural festival being held on the sidelines of Carnival.
Goa tourism ministry had announced plans of inviting neighbouring States to participate at the Carnival float parade and the food and cultural festival. However growing opposition to this move to have neighbouring States participate in the float parade has compelled the government to call off its plans for this year.
“The States can participate in the food and cultural festival and add more flavour to the cuisine fest,” Parulekar disclosed.
As of now plans are to invite Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and the tourism ministry is hopeful of a positive response. 
This year plans are on to attract tourists to Goa in a big way for the Carnival celebrations. [H]