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In a bid to boost tourism, Goa Government is all set to disallow beggars and illegal street hawkers from entering the on the beaches in the state.

The move from the state government is part of the cleanliness drive to stop the beaches being visited by the tourist throughout the year getting dirty.

Speaking to the media, Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that All the illegal hawkers and beggars will be kept away from visiting the beaches.

“Beggars will be stopped from begging and strict action will be taken against illegal hawkers,” said Ajgaonkar.

Speaking further the minister said that a fine and action will be also be levied if anyone is found littering empty bottles of alcohol on the beaches.

Citing that a lot of international artists and tourists visiting the state the minister said that the government wants to ensure that everyone gets a good image of Goa’s beauty and music.

Goa in the recent past has been attracting a number of electronic dance music events helping increase the tourist inflow in the state.

Over the last five years, the state government earned a total revenue of Rs 20.46 crore from the EDM events. The state a has seen a surge in tourist inflow especially during the festive season of Christmas through New Year, mounting to over six million tourists every year.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has also hinted to turn its controversial casino industry cashless.

Goa has five operational offshore casinos and nine onshore casinos, which are patronised by hundreds of thousands every year.

First Published | 4 August 2017 2:15 PM
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