Mahila Congress leader and social activist Adv Diya Shetkar while speaking to media persons in Pernem, after the Jan Aakrosh agitation organised by Goa Pradesh Congress Committee, said that the “dead, non-functional” BJP government in the State is totally responsible for the reported 55 per cent drop in foreign tourist charter flights to Goa this season.
She also said the State government has squandered away public funds in the guise of promoting tourism in the State, but the Ministers concerned have only filled their own pockets without doing anything to actually promote Goa Tourism internationally.
Elaborating further, she completely held CM Manohar Parrikar responsible and blamed the ailing CM for the mess that the Goa tourism industry is currently facing.
“After the mining industry collapse in the state and the loss of livelihood to lakhs of mining dependents in Goa, now the impotent and non-functional BJP government has set about to destroy the tourism industry in Goa with its careless attitude and irresponsible behavior.”
“Goa has seen a 55 per cent drop in charter arrivals and the expected landings for the peak month of December are also way below the figure of December 2017. The drop is more than double of what was expected or predicted by the industry and Parrikar is completely to blame for this miserable situation that the once-booming tourism industry in Goa has come to. The self-centered and blatantly selfish CM destroyed mining to come to power in 2012 and sit on the chair and now in spite of being very sick, he continues to occupy the ‘chair’ making a mess of all the industry and business in the State,” Shetkar said.