The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday informed the state legislative assembly...
PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday informed the state legislative assembly that he would ensure that the floating casinos in River Mandovi would be removed before the end of his term, even as he firmly ruled out the possibility of his government permitting the seventh floating casino to operate.
Responding to the queries raised by the members of the House during discussion on demands for the departments of police, home, fire and emergency services, etc, held by him, the Chief Minister said that the fate of the new vessel sought to be used as casino would be decided by the independent regulator to be appointed after new bill was passed.
Mr Parrikar also told the assembly that from next year onwards the government would not use a penny earned as revenue from casinos for the developmental works and that the revenue earned would be used for financing old age homes, those afflicted by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
He further said that the government would bring in discipline in the functioning of the state police force. He said that to regulate the functioning of state police force, the Goa police bill would be introduced in the state legislative assembly for its approval in the next session.
Stating that the government would substantially increase the number of police personnel in the state, Mr Parrikar went on to add that there was a need to “boost” the morale of the police force along with bringing in discipline in it.
He also said that eight new police stations and eight new fire stations would be added to the existing ones so as to cater to the growing need of police and meeting the emergencies. The police force would be up by around 2,000, he said adding that the number of fire force personnel would be doubled.
Admitting that the numbers of thefts, robberies and other crimes have increased in the state, the Chief Minister said that in at least 50 per cent of the cases migrants from neighbouring and other states were involved. He said that police need to improve their intelligence to detect these cases.
He also said that police would be provided with better equipment and vehicles and that CCTV cameras would be installed at strategic positions to keep an eye on those creating nuisance. He also said that high speed vehicles would be provided to police for patrolling on National Highways. The number of PCRs in the state would be increased from 69 to 100 for better policing.
The highway patrolling would deal with cases of drunken driving, squatters along the roads, he said adding that fire and emergency services department would also be provided with modern vehicles for firefighting and emergency services. He also said that a drive would be initiated to ensure registration of all domestic servants.