Shack owners to protest policy today

Agitated over the shack policy unveiled by the government on Wednesday, shack owners will hold a black-flag demonstration outside tourism department in Panaji on the occasion of world tourism day Thursday demanding a roll-back of the policy.

"This is not what we expected from the Manohar Parrikar government. Not only have the fees been hiked but the policy will hit every Goan who is in this business," shack owners welfare society president Cruz Cardozo said.

Talking to TOI, he said, "We had worked to bring BJP to power but now it looks we have been taken for a ride. Congress government had brought out an ordinance to protect the interest of 450 employees of a starred hotel but BJP is not considerate to the shack industry which employs 4,500 persons," Cardozo said.

SOWS secretary John Lobo said shack owners are totally disillusioned with the government's attitude towards them. "Two days ago, Parrikar had told a SOWS delegation that he would give us a very good policy," Lobo told TOI.

BJP MLA Michael Lobo called on tourism minister Dilip Parulekar and urged the government to retain the number of shacks on the Sinqureim-Baga stretch. The number of shacks here will come down by 16.