Tourism now a year-long affair, need to be alert: Goa CM

Tourism now a year-long affair, need to be alert: Goa CM

Panaji, July 20 (IANS) With tourism in Goa now a 365-day phenomenon, adequate security measures need to be taken and people need to be alert, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said on Wednesday.

The Chief Minister was speaking at a function organised by Goa Police to induct a batch of 69 motorcycles and seven jeeps into the force.

“Goa should be alert on all 365 days because tourism season in Goa is now for all 12 months,” Parsekar said.

On Monday, Parsekar had said that he raised the issue of enhanced security for Goa at the inter-state council meeting convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Parsekar had said that Goa should not be looked at from the prism of a small state, because tourist arrivals every year are almost three times the state’s resident population which is around 1.5 million.

Speaking at the function, Parsekar also underlined the need for thorough tenant verification process in order to establish the identity of the tenant, especially those living in Goa for a short duration.

Goa is one of the top beach tourism destinations in the country and attracts over four lakh tourists every year. However, in the recent past intelligence reports have suggested the state has been used as a soft destination. Several terror suspects, including Yasin Bhatkal and David Headley, used Goa as a place for lying low and conducting recce.

There’s no ‘Udta Goa’, Goa MP cautions film makers

New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Exaggerated depiction of Goa in movies as a hub for drug addiction could end up projecting the coastal state as ‘Udta Goa’, Congress MP Shantaram Naik told the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

“Goa should not become ‘Udta Goa’. Some Hindi movies have depicted Goa in exaggerated form by depicting imaginary stories… The issue has to be seen with a balanced approach between freedom of expression and freedom of to depict the drugs use prevailing in the society,” Naik said with an obvious reference to the Shahid Kapoor-starrer film “Udta Punjab” which focuses on the issue of drug addiction in Punjab.

The Goa MP also said that worries about the improper projection of Goa in cinema were also raised when the Hindi movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’, which dealt with the controversial drug mafia issue in Goa, was released a few years back.

“When Hindi movie ‘Dum Maro Dum’ was about to be released, we made a personal representation to the then Union Information and Broadcasting Minister. She expressed her helplessness with the Film Certification Board as the provision of revisional powers vested in the Government were struck down by the Supreme Court,” Naik said.

“Law enforcement agencies also find themselves in an embarrassing situation as children beg them not to disclose to the parents about their drug addiction,” Naik further said.

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