HJS strongly opposes holding of EDM festivals like Sunburn
“We appeal the government to penalise Sunburn organisers and recover the tax amount defaulted with interest,” said Dr Solanki.
PANAJI: Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) on Monday strongly opposed holding of electronic dance music (EDM) festivals like Sunburn stating that it is against Hindu culture and promotes drugs in the State.
Addressing media persons in Panaji, HJS Goa convener Dr Manoj Solanki alleged that EDM festivals were destroying Goans by pushing them into the drug addiction.
“The EDM festival has a controversial background. There are instances of deaths due to drugs overdose even as the organisers claim it to be a drug-free festival,” he alleged.
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Dr Solanki also alleged that the festival held in Pune had committed malpractices like concealing revenue from the sale of tickets and defaulted on taxes to be paid to the Maharashtra government, did not abide by the noise pollution permissible limits, encroached on forest land by unauthorised felling of trees and promoted indiscriminate consumption of alcohol in a village which has resolved to be an alcohol-free zone.
Speaking further, Dr Solanki said, “These things clearly show that the festival does not abide by the law. Some time ago, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar had declared that the ‘Sunburn’ festival will not be granted permission to organise another event unless it pays the previous arrears of tax money to the government.”
HJS has appealed to the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant and the Tourism Minister not to grant any permission to the festival and preserve the sanctity of the sacred land of Goa.
“We also appeal the government to penalise Sunburn organisers and recover the tax amount defaulted with interest,” said Dr Solanki.