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GFP warns of retaliation, if SOP for flight travelers is not changed

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Fatorda: Goa Forward Party has taken strong objection to the Standard Objection Procedure (SOP) released by the State government for air travelers, while warning of a retaliation, if that is not changed by Monday (tomorrow).

GFP Chief Vijai Sardesai, in a statement issued here, has claimed that the SOP which was released by State government was providing red-carpet welcome to the tourists, when state is under lockdown and hotels are closed.

He said that while tourists are given red-carpet welcome, the original Goans who are stranded out of the country, are being to pay for their quarantine facility after their arrival in the State.

Goa government has announced SOP for air travelers on Saturday evening as the State’s lone airport is readying for first batch of domestic flights on Monday.

Sardesai said that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has abandoned the sinking ship, allowing the bureaucrats to take the decisions for the state.

He said that the State Disaster Management Authority headed by the CM, which is supposed to guide, State Executive Committee led by Chief Secretary, has been reduced to nothing.

He said that the entire idea behind the SOP which was declared on Saturday was to destroy Goa by bringing in people from infected places, and leave them free in the state without checking.

Sardesai said that the demand of Health Minister Vishwajit Rane for mandatory COVID-19 negative certificate for the travelers should be looked into seriously.

“SOP is a receipe of community transmission,” he commented.

Sardesai said that if the SOP is not revised by Monday, his party will resort to agitational methods to force the government correct it.

“There is  lack of political leadership. People from Mumbai and Delhi, Rajasthan and MP want to come to Goa. Our state has declared lose SOP, when country is witnessing biggest spike in the country,” he said.

Sardesai said that the SOP for seafarers is compulsory institutional paid quarantine but those who come from outside are sent for home quarantine.

 

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