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No Shack Licence To Playboy Or Any International Company: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar


16 April 2013

Porvorim: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that as shacks are allotted as per the shack policy in the name of the applicant, there is no question of issuing a shack licence to Playboy or any other international company.

Parrikar made the statement in the house on Monday in response to a 'calling attention' motion moved by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo opposing the entry of Playboy in Goa.

Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar, too, replying to the motion, stated that the tourism department had received an application from former Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes six months ago. Fernandes had applied for a license for a temporary shack in his property in Candolim under the name 'Playboy'. "As the application does not fall within the shack policy 2011, it cannot be considered," Parulekar said.

TOI had been first to report that Fernandes had applied for a licence to set up Playboy Cafe which was to be the first outlet of Playboy in India.

Lobo, who was not satisfied by the reply sought to know whether in the future, the government will allow the Playboy brand or brands that promote nudity and vulgarity to enter the state. Parulekar said his reply was quite clear. The speaker ruled that the MLA can be permitted to ask the question. When Lobo repeated his question, Parrikar intervened and said that permission cannot be given to an international company as shacks are issued in an individual applicant's name.