Bid to sell off Government theatres alleged

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, NOV. 29 . The Kerala State Film Development Corporation Employees Union today accused the management of a covert attempt to sell off the public sector theatres under the Corporation after pushing them into heavy losses.

Addressing a press conference here, the union president, Kadakampally Surendran, and the general secretary, K.P. Ranadive, said the two KSFDC theatres at Paravur and Chittoor had been identified for sale in the first phase.

They said the political appointment of managers and the decision to screen second-rate films exposed the covert move to transform Government-run theatres into loss making units. The change in the show time of film at the Kairali and Sree theatres was another effort in this direction, they alleged.

Mr. Surendran said the development of the KSFDC had come to a standstill under the UDF Government. He noted that the Government had failed to take up the modernisation of the studio.

Accusing the director board of pandering to vested interests and private producers, Mr.Surendran said the decision to write off the dues to the Corporation for the production of a television serial revealed the extent of corruption.

Calling for Government intervention, the union demanded steps to modernise the KSFDC studio and diversify its activities. It also demanded reconstitution of the governing body.

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