SALCETE: Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunge today said that he was against illegal guides in the tourism trade while stating that some MLAs are misguiding the Water Sports operators.
“I am against the illegal guides in the tourism trade. I am with the water sports operators. We want to put a system in place. GEL helps to bring technology into the trade. They don’t take over anything,” said Khaunte.
He further said that some MLAs are misguiding the Water Sports operators on various issues.
Khaunte said that he had received many complaints against water sports activities on beaches.
“Some water sports operator was fleecing tourists and demanded Rs 3,000 instead of Rs 800 from tourists for para-sailing,” he added.
He warned that such incidents would not be tolerated and that stringent action would be taken against those found fleecing the tourists.
“This Budget has brought a ray of hope for the pandemic-affected industry by interweaving various missions to strengthen it,” Khaunte said.
He said that the fact that Goa is in line with the Centre’s mission of opening a unity mall is significantly encouraging.
Khaunte said that his budget has emphasised promoting public-private partnerships.
“Goa tourism will avail financial assistance through central schemes such as Swadesh Darshan and PRASAD to create a world-class tourism infrastructure in the financial year 2023-24,” he said.
Speaking further, Khaunte said that the new CSC will offer citizens a wide range of digital services, including residence certificates, utility bill payments and more.
The inclusion of the 8th CSC at Pernem will further enhance the availability of G2B and G2C services for citizens. The CSC would offer more than 151 services in the days ahead.