Expressing confidence that tourists will return to the coastal state, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday said that Goa is free from coronavirus so domestic tourists will visit the state.
“Everyone knows that Goa is corona-free, so domestic tourists will come here. People will come here. No part of the country is as clean as Goa. People from various parts of the country will visit here. Foreigners will take time to come here,” Malik said.
He stressed that the industries have not been affected much due to COVID-19 lockdown, stating that this is not a “long-term loss” to the industry. “Most of our industries are working. Labourers and migrant workers are being taken care of. They are here so industries are functioning well,” he said.
The Governor praised the state government for following all COVID-19 lockdown norms. “The Goa government followed lockdown restrictions as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. We started screening people since January. No community transmission took place. The only problem now is due to people coming from outside. They are either being shifted to state quarantine centre or told to quarantine themselves at home. Goans did not violate lockdown norms,” he said.
On being asked about rising unemployment, he said: “Unemployment is not a problem of Goa. If mining is restored in a legislative way then we will get Rs 3,500 crore revenue which will boost Goa’s economy.” He said a committee has been formed for land reforms to make agriculture a big economic activity.