Sources said that their difficulty to agree with the revised screening schedule had compelled them to quit. Writer Savithri Rajeevan and musician Kavalam Sreekumar have been nominated to fill the vacancies, a spokesman for Culture Minister M.A. Baby said.
The original plan was to complete the screening and declare the awards before May 10. But as Dasgupta had to attend some projects during the period, the screenings were rescheduled.
“Dasgupta will be available only from May 10, but Menaka and Johnson have some earlier commitments to meet. As they expressed their inconvenience, we decided to replace them with two new members,” the spokesman said.
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