JEYPORE: The Koraput administration has drawn flak for deciding to organise Parab festival this month. A group of social activists and members of the intelligentsia has urged the district administration to suspend the festival in the wake of the cyclone and subsequent flood in various districts. Parab, a the three-day cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Koraput, is organised by the district administration in October-November every year.
In a release, they stated that at a time when people of neighbouring Kandhamal, Ganjam and Gajapati districts are affected by twin calamities, spending funds on organising Parab would be unethical on the part of the local administration. Apparently, the administration has earmarked an amount of Rs 10 crore for the festival. The panchayat level festival, beginning from Kotia, will be held from October 28.