Govt faces flak over raising money to celebrate 50 years of 'Swayamvaram' movie

Palakkad: Kerala Government is facing criticism over raising money from the public for hosting an event to celebrate 50 years of 'Swayamvaram', a movie directed by noted filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan. Defending the government's move, Minister MB Rajesh said that raising money for such events is nothing new.

Earlier, the government announced they would host an event in Pathanamthitta to celebrate 50 years of the iconic movie. To bear the expenses, the government issued an order to every Panchayath in the district to raise Rs 5000.

However, the order evoked widespread criticism, forcing minister MB Rajesh to defend the government's decision by saying that raising money for such events is nothing new. He added that the government did not force anyone to contribute to the event.

Earlier, Adoor Gopalakrishnan faced criticism for his stand on students' protests against caste discrimination at KR Narayanan National Institute of Visual Science and Arts. However, the state government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have voiced their support for Adoor.

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