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12 May 2012

PANAJI: The state government has decided to scrap the state Tourist Security Force as well as Industrial Security Force. The same would now be disbanded.

The Digambar Kamat government had set up these units with an aim to generate employment for the locals. The decision of the Manohar Parrikar government to disband these units will reduce financial burden of around `72 crore on the tourism department. The decision will also do the same for the department of industries.

The Digambar Kamat government had proposed to recruit full-fledged force of 476 men under 25 years of age in two categories in the Tourist Security Force and around 500 persons in the Industrial Security Force. The renowned Goan fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks was also roped in to clothe the Tourism Security Force.

Incidentally no new major industrial project has arrived in Goa during past four  years.

The Kamat government had transferred some staff from the police department to the Tourist Security Force, as also recruited few retired soldiers from the armed force in it on the contract basis. A fleet of 15 four-wheelers and seven two-wheelers was also provided to this unit.

The state government has now decided to restart the tourist police unit in the police department and provide its staff special training. Similarly, an industrial security police unit will be introduced in the police department with special training to its members.

The Parrikar government has decided to expand the police department with the inclusion of 500 to 700 new police, in the first phase. Presently, the state police department has 5,000 police, the number being insufficient to handle the law and order in the state. In addition, there is a need for another 500 police to handle the state traffic. The expansion of the state police force is expected to be completed in two phases.