PANAJI: The government has in principle agreed to consider the demand of tourist taxi operators for 90 per cent subsidy on installation of digital meters and speed governors in the vehicles.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday called a meeting at the Secretariat to discuss various issues of tourist taxi operators including digital meters and speed governors. The meeting was attended by Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, Deputy Speaker of the Goa Assembly and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao and representatives of north Goa and south Goa taxi owners associations.
During the meeting, Sardesai, Lobo and Alemao demanded that the government should give 90 per cent subsidy to tourist taxi owners for installation of digital meters and speed governors in their vehicles.
Speaking to media after the meeting, Lobo and Alemao said that the Chief Minister has in-principle agreed to give 90 per cent subsidy on digital meters and speed governors.
Lobo said that the Chief Minister has also assured to take care of all the issues pertaining to tourist taxi owners including action against illegal taxi operators.
“There are over 20,000 Goans in tourist taxi business and they should get full protection from the government. Chief Minister has assured during the meeting that he will take care of issues pertaining to taxi operators,” he said.
Alemao said that the Chief Minister has asked the officials to prepare a draft on how the government intends to resolve the issues related to tourist taxi operators.
Meanwhile, the taxi operators have demanded that the government should immediately take action against illegal taxi operators in the state. A meeting of North Goa Taxi Owners Association will be held in Calangute on November 23 wherein deliberation on the meeting held with Chief Minister would take place.