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Morjim villagers demand ban on Russians


http://www.navhindtimes.in/news/goa-news/8977-morjim-villagers-demand-ban-on-russians

22 February 2010


Pernem:

The president of state unit Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)  and Mandrem MLA, Mr Laxmikant Parsekar, who attended the Morjim gram sabha, on Sunday, said that the locals should not encourage the Russian tourists too much.“With the increase in the number of the Russian tourists here in Morjim they are indulging in ‘dadagiri’ (bullying) and we should not encourage these Russian tourists too much,” said the BJP chief.


“There is need for a coastal police station for the Pernem taluka and I will take up this issue in the Assembly. There should also be a dress code for the tourists who come here,” said the Mandrem MLA  adding, “some tourists come here on visiting visas and carry out business. The panchayat should take action against the illegal  establishments run by Russians besides the sign boards, and hoardings, etc put up in Russian language in the village panchayat area.”

The villagers during the gram sabha here demanded that Russians be banned from carrying out tourism-related businesses.“‘Dadagiri’ by the Russian tourists has increased in the Morjim village. Most of the tourists, who come here are Russians and they are running most of the shacks and restaurants here and due to the monopoly by the Russians, the tourists from other countries keep away from this beach. This will affect the tourism here. The ‘dadagiri’ of the Russian tourists need to be checked,” said a resident at the gram sabha.

Another villager, Mr Vasant Shetgaonkar raising the issue of the deceased, Rohidas Shetgaonkar, who was assaulted by a Russian tourist, said that his family should be given financial help through CM’s Relief Fund.“If anyone wants to help Rohidas Shetgaonkar’s family there is an account opened in the name of his wife at a bank,” he informed.

The people present at the gram sabha also demanded that all the sign boards in the Russian language be removed.While, another resident Mr Sonu Shetgaonkar kept a file before the gram sabha containing various cases and paper cuttings related to Russian tourists.Apart from this main issue of the Russians other issues such as garbage, road works in Morjim, presence of only one or two police on the beach area of Morjim and only one lifeguard on beach were discussed at the gram sabha.