CM issues warning to those harassing tourists

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Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday issued stern warning to those elements who are harassing tourists in the state, claiming that those involved in such acts would not be spared.

Sawant was addressing state-level function to celebrate Goa Liberation Day at Panaji. The chief minister inspected the Parade and took guard of honour on the occasion.

Underlining the importance of tourism sector in the state, the Chief minister said that the cooperation from the stakeholders like Taxi and Tour operators is required for development of this sector.

He said that the State government is working towards creating an positive image of Goa vis-à-vis tourism internationally. “We are exploring different facets of tourism like Beach, Hinterland, Eco-tourism, Wellness tourism and spiritual tourism,” he said.

Sawant said that those who are harassing tourists in the state would not be spared.

The chief minister was apparently referring to the incident of the American tourists who had arrived on a cruise liner at Mormugao Port, who were sent back by Taxi operators.

Speaking further, the chief minister pointed out that the state government has been able to auction the mining blocks, which will result in the resumption of the industry in near future.

Sawant also said that the State government has dealt with iron hand against those who were illegally grabbing land in the state. He said that Special Investigation Team has been formed to deal with such offences.

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