Tourists in Goa not allowed to smoke
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday informed the Goa assembly that the government would initiate action against tourists smoking in public places.
Replying to a private member resolution, Parrikar said that during his previous tenure, his government had enacted an anti-smoking law, which had helped reduce public smoking in Goa, which he claimed was the lowest in the Asian sub-continent.
He said, "Now, you cannot find a Goan smoking on the road and in public places except tourists, and for that we are in the process to take action against tourists if found smoking in public places."
Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, in a private member resolution, said that the government should ban the use of plastic bags all over the state and encourage the usage of jute or biodegradable plastic bags for which a subsidy should be provided by the government.
"Banning of plastic is a central subject and the government should examine it," said Lourenco. "I will not use the word 'ban', but we can say (plastic bags) below 100 microns, which will stop the sale of plastic bags. This will solve our problem," said Parrikar.