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Panaji: Goa government on Tuesday announced that it would provide full protection to the App-based Taxi service in the State, which has been facing violence from traditional (taxi) operators.

State chief minister Pramod Sawant told reporters that government will provide protection to the App-based Taxi operators, who have been facing violence from certain quarters.

“We appeal those who indulge in violence against App-based taxi operators to mend their way. They should also join the App-based taxi service,” he said.

State government’s Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), last year, introduced App-based taxi service ‘Goa Miles’ which has been facing opposition from the traditional taxi operators.

Last week, a taxi assigned to ‘Goa Miles’ was attacked allegedly by traditional taxi operators at Colva beach in South Goa.

Sawant said that it is the responsibility of the state to provide affordable taxi service to the tourists who arrive here. The system of app-based taxi service is prevalent across the world, Goa is the only exception, he said.

The chief minister appealed the traditional taxi operators to switch over to the app-based service. “If they find that moving to app-based taxi service would result in loses in their business then we can re-think on it,” he said.

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