The National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) hopes that the government will give them even more money for Divali Nagar celebrations this year.
This comes from Surujdeo Mangaroo, the public relations officer of the NCIC.
Mangaroo spoke with CNC3 on Sunday evening when the NCIC staged the semi-final rounds of its Youth Champ and Miss Divali Nagar Queen competition at the Gulf City, San Fernando.
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Mangaroo said staging the Nagar is an extremely costly exercise, adding that the Nagar should cost around $5 million. In 2015 the NCIC got $1.5 million from the government.
Mangaroo said the event is a free one to the public and funds are generated through the rental of booths and the car park.
He said many of the artistes have decided to work for a smaller fee this year in light of the economic situation facing T&T.
The Nagar runs from October 20-28th 2016.
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