Following the disastrous rain and floods across the state, the Kerala government on Tuesday have announced that all the celebrations will be cancelled across the state for the year. The Pinarayi-led government said all the celebrations organised using government schools, including the School Kalolsavam (arts festival), International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) and all celebrations organised by the Tourist Department, will be cancelled for a year. Even the tourism department has cancelled all promotional programmes for the state.
In the statement, it also mentioned that the funds that were allocated for these festival and occasions celebrations will now be donated to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF).
According to a report by Manoramaonline, this decision was taken by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan before he left to the USA for treatment. It was passed on to all ministers and officials after the order was issued.
On 14th August, the Kerala government had announced that it has cancelled ll government-organised Onam celebrations in the state. It has also announced that the money that was allocated for the celebrations would be donated to the CMDRF.
Deadliest rains accompanied by winds and followed by floods have devastated the state in last month. Near about 483 people lost their lives in this scariest flood that had ever happened in a century. The state has received helping hands across the country from common people to celebrities. State governments across the country have also come in to help Kerala and donated funds in CMDRF.