In view of the recent activities of desecration in Goa, the Senior Congress leader Pratapsingh Rane on Tuesday has urged the Goa state government to refrain from making religious structures by the road side.
Rane said that these events are very rare in the state as Goa is one of the most peaceful states and the fact that these activities are happening clearly shows that people are being induced to do so and thus this is not the work of a single person. The government needs to pay attention to the increasing disturbances in the state now.
Rane did not take any names but said that there are people who are coming to the state from outside and are causing nuisance in the name of religion in Goa. The major problem that is arising now is putting up of the religious symbols in public places which according to him should be declared illegal. He said, “Don’t allow any religious symbols to come up on roadsides and in public places, except proper places with proper licences.”
Rane said that the activities of desecrations don’t just put a blot on that religion but also affects the community as a whole. These incidents are also affecting tourism to the state which is the major source of revenue for Goa. He raised his concern about the Merces attack, “my request is that tourism should not be affected with such incidents and it is the duty of this government to take action against these unlawful elements,” he said.
Rane went on to talk about other major topics like discouraging the illegal structures in the state and how the state government has not been able to complete the regional plan regarding this. He has also requested the state government to prepare a new education plan in view of the changing trends in education sector.
Gau Raksha is raising heat all over the country thus dividing people at an alarming rate. He said on this that it is just elements that are against transportation of cattle and thus a strict policy is required to be put in place.
On the topic of off-shore casinos in Goa, he said that River Mandovi needs to be protected and hence casinos should not be allowed there. “We are ready to show alternative sites to move casinos out of River Mandovi,” he said.