Raising grave concern over social evils such as substance abuse, drugs trade, sex tourism and human trafficking, which have been brought to the state by tourism, state Governor Mridula Sinha on Friday said that these social evils are like ‘stones in the rice’ which need to be thrown out.
“Although tourism is providing revenue to the state and giving employment to the local population, it has also brought in issues like narcotics and human trafficking. I am hopeful that combined efforts of the local people and the state government will root out these evils from Goa,” said Sinha while addressing the Republic Day function at the parade ground in Panaji.
She expressed her confidence in the security agencies in countering any anti- state elements and appealed to the locals to help the government machinery to stop any disaster or untoward incidents.
She further said that malnutrition and safety of women are the two major challenges before the
government. She further said: “I am happy to learn that a report by Union Women and Child Development Ministry has stated that Goa is one of the safest places for women as compared to other states and this indicates that Goa is leading from the front in ensuring women’s safety. I appeal to everyone to work together and maintain this status.”
Reacting to the concerns raised by the Governor, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar while speaking to pressmen on the sidelines of the Republic Day function said that the state government will work out a robust mechanism to eliminate drugs and prostitution from the state. “We will work out a robust mechanism to track the illegal trades and how to deal with them. All these aspects would be clearly dealt with and taken care of,” he said.
The Chief Minister said that in the upcoming budget for the financial year 2018-19, he will ensure that taxation does not burden the common man. “Major taxation is now under GST, rest is very small component but it has to be reasonably upgraded so that it stays with the cost. I can assure you that the common man will not be taxed beyond a normal and reasonable limit,” he said.