IIFA tamasha costs State dearly

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau had incurred Rs. 475 million as total expenditure for the Indian International Film Award (IIFA) ceremony held in Colombo earlier this year while the total sponsorship by private companies came to only Rs.10.6 million, documents tabled in Parliament last week revealed.

Of the 84 film stars and those in other categories who were nominated for awards, only 38 had attended the ceremony.

In addition to them there were 72 film stars, music directors, cricketers and fashion designers who attended the event, the answer tabled in the House by Chief Government Whip Dinesh Gunawardena in response to a query by UNP MP Dayasiri Jayasekera, revealed.

Meanwhile several contractors who were employed by the Bureau to do up the interior of the Sugathadasa Stadium said they are yet to be paid for their work. “We worked in good faith to finish the work on time but so far we have not been paid,” one contractor said.

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