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The government has once again assured the tourist taxi operators to come out with a solution to their issues while the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant also reiterating that the app-based taxi service run by GoaMiles will continue.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant held another round of meeting with All Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association at the assembly complex on Monday where Minister for Ports Michael Lobo, who took lead to bring the government and private taxi operators to bring to the discussion table, chairman of Goa Tourism Development Corporation Dayanand Sopte, Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao and Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco were also present.

After the meeting, the Chief Minister told media persons that a half-an-hour discussion will be held on private tourist taxi operators issue on July 31 in the state assembly and after that the decision will be conveyed to the taxi owners.

He also said that the tourist taxi owners association and GoaMiles have made their suggestions to the government. Sawant reiterated that the app-based taxi service by GoaMiles will continue.

Lobo said that he has given alternative solution on the issue which he claimed that the Chief Minister and the taxi operators agreed to.

“I always said that there should be transparency in tourist taxi service and a wrong message should not go to the tourists who are using private taxi service during their stay in Goa,” he added.

Lobo expressed hope that a positive solution will come in next two days after the issue is discussed on the floor of the House by the 40 MLAs.

Alemao and Sopte also expressed happiness over the discussion during the meeting between the government and private taxi operators.

All Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association leader Chetan Kamat said that they are happy with the discussion held with the government in the meeting and expressed full confidence that the Chief Minister will announce a positive solution in the next two days.

“As the Chief Minister has given assurance to come out with a solution to our issues, we have decided not to go on strike from July 30 as announced earlier,” he said.

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