Expressing concern over the state’s financial position with the government resorting to borrowings, Goa Vikas Party supremo and Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco has warned that excessive curbs will destroy tourism and revenue generation from the industry, while raising apprehensions over the rise in crimes with mining in the dumps and the overall economy in the doldrums.
medium; text-align: justify;">He slammed the political class, including ministers, MLAs and elected representatives for patronizing anti-social elements, despite the rise in the cases of rapes, murders and thefts in the state.
Speaking at a function organized by South Goa Zilla Panchayat at the Ravindra Bhavan here on Wednesday, Mickky said that business establishments have shut shop along the mining belt and its effect has been felt across the state.
He, however, warned that revenue generation from the tourism industry would be hit adversely if the government impose curbs on the tourists.
“When you say that you cannot operate restaurants after 10 pm or cannot hold something at 10 pm, where will the tourists go. You think the high spending tourists will return back to Goa”, he asked, adding “a shack owner complained to me that a policemen demanded hafta of Rs 5000 a month to put in five additional beds. See, who is becoming rich at the cost of tourism”.
He reminded the audience of the government decision to raise loans amounting to Rs 200 crore and Rs 150 crore in recent times, while demanding to know whether Zilla Panchayats can expect any financial support from the government when loans are raised to fill the coffers.
Demanding resumption of legal mining, Mickky feared that closure of the mining industry and curbs on tourism will only see a rise in crimes in the state.
“I don’t know how our state is being run. When people do not get income to run their household, we don’t know what would happen”, he said.
On rising rapes, thefts and murders in the state, Mickky said: “we Ministers, MLAs and elected members are responsible for the sitation. And, these crimes will stop only when we stop supporting the anti-social elements”.
Interestingly, senior Minister and BJP leader Laxmikant Parsekar listened with rapt attention as Mickky went about his address. IN his address, Parsekar said that Mickky’s comments are significant, saying “when Mickky talks in the Assembly, the concerned Ministers rush to the House to listen to him”.
While admitting that mining has affected the economy, Parsekar, however, reassured that efforts are on to start legal mining and stressed on the need to overcome the period. [H]