Tourism minister ROhan khaunte on Monday told the House that there is no possibility of privatizing the Water Sports activity in the state, while the Tourism Department is intervening to weed out irregularities in the trade.
Rohan Khaunte was responding to the Zero Hour mention by AAP MLA Venzy Viegas said that there is rumour mongering by some vested elements who claim that the Water Sports business was being privatized by the State government.
The Budget Session of Goa Legislative Assembly began on Monday.
Khaunte said that the Water Sports operators are cheated by the touts who overcharge the tourists, bringing bad repute to the industry. The Minister said that the government wants that entire profit should go the water sports operators.
“It is important that we should regulate the trade,” he said adding that the state-run Goa Electronics Limited (GEL) has been assigned to introduce the online system in the trade.
He said that the rates of Water Sports activities would be decided by respective Associations on which Rs 50 per customer would be charged by GEL, which would be billed to the tourists and not the Association.
“The GEL will run the counters and will provide the necessary technical support,” he said adding that the money would be credited to the accounts of the Water Sports operators within hours.
Khaunte said that there is wrong misconception that government wants to privatize the Water Sports activity. He said that the government is open for talks with all the stakeholders to address their grievances.