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Tourism department to initiate inquiry against consultant firm KPMG

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Porvorim: Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the House on Wednesday that his department would initiate inquiry against consultant company KPMG which was entrusted with the task of forming Draft Goa Tourism Policy, 2018.

The ongoing monsoon session of the House witnessed heated discussion over the constant delay in formulating Goa Tourism Policy, which is supposed to give directions to the the industry in the State.

The question was raised on the floor of the House by BJP MLA Alina Saldanaha. Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai pointed out that the draft policy formulated by KPMG was “a cut paste job from the other states without applying the mind.”

Sardesai pointed out that despite having special purpose vehicle Goa Tourism Development Corporation to help Tourism Department, the policy speaks about forming Goa Tourism Board, which amounts to duplication of the work.

He demanded that the inquiry should be conducted in the conduct of the consultant company.

After initial reluctance, Ajgaonkar assured the House that his department will initiate inquiry against the consultant.

Participating in the discussion on the floor of the House, Ajgaonkar said that the tourism policy would be formed keeping in mind the environmental concerns of the State. He also rued that the MLAs were not showing keen interest in giving suggestions for the policy, despite inviting them to do so.

“The future of tourism industry for next 50 years would be considered in this policy,” he said.

BJP MLA Glenn Ticlo pointed out on the floor of the House that during the last tourism season 15-16 lakh less tourists arrived, slumping the business. He also stated that there is 25 per cent reduction in the tourist arrivals through Chartered flights.

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