Goa: Hotels engaging touts will face suspension of licence

Panaji, Nov 1 (IANS): Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday warned hotels engaging touts to flourish their business of facing suspension of excise and tourism licences if they continue the practice.

With complaints from the people of the coastal belt and also from elected representatives, Goa government was forced to crackdown ontouts.


However, after the police action, they were seen again doing the same act of looting tourists visiting the state.

Hence, on Tuesday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant warned the hoteliers to keep distance withtoutsorfaceaction.

“I am reiterating thattoutsinvolved in crimes like assaulting and looting touristswillfaceaction. Earlier, cases were registered against them, but they were getting bail by producing a bond of mere Rs 5,000 as per law. But henceforth, the excise licence and tourismlicencesofhotelswith whom thesetoutsdealwillbe suspended,” Sawant said.

“In recent incidents too, we are taking the same action. The home departmentwilldirectly write to the excise department and then thelicenceswillbe suspended,” he said.

“Who engages them in this work? Once his link withhotelsis established, wewilltake action. Wewillnot tolerate incidents of using bouncers and looting tourists… strict action against such incidents has been started,” Sawant said.

Recently, threetoutswere held byGoapolice for allegedly confining two tourists and looting their money through UPI transactions in NorthGoa.

GoaTourism Minister Rohan Khaunte recently advocated the need to eradicate illegal activities, along with movements oftouts, to save the tourism area from facing brunt this season.

“I have been very vocal against illegaltouts. The police have to do their job rightly. Only then these thingswillbe reduced. Otherwise tourismwillfacea brunt this season also, because of illegaltoutsand other illegal activities,” Khaunte said.

Last tourism season, Khaunte had directed the officials to take action against toutsto provide a safe environment to tourists visiting the state, and later action againsttoutswas taken.

“Illegal activities spoilGoa’s name. Be it dance bars, prostitution, drugs or other things, these things should be cleansed along withtouts. Last year, we had taken action againsttouts,” he said.



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