The Navhind Times Archive


Saving Goa’s Golden Goose

AFTER the disastrous end to mining in Goa, it is now the turn of the tourism sector for sure, presently on the downslide, and heading inexorably to the point of no return, borne out by the steep fall in the numbers of international tourists and the cancellation of several chartered flights to the state. A number of international tourists, who are regular visitors to Goa, have also testified ominously to the overall degradation of the environment and the poor quality of tourism during their stay. Among the several problems experienced are: the highhandedness of taxi drivers and the exorbitant fares charged, high room rates, poor sanitation, garbage and stray dogs on beaches, bad roads, traffic snarls  etc. It is therefore time for the state tourism department to take corrective measures after alarm bells have started to ring. While it is necessary to devise means to attract foreign tourists, we cannot stop domestic tourists from coming to the state and enjoying themselves, eating, and making merry, however much we may wish it to be otherwise. Surely, there is more to tourism than merely showcasing our culture through heritage tourism. Cooking on roadsides and drinking and littering of our beaches by domestic tourists are rampant because we have failed to enforce the law and punish offenders.



E-governance And Ballooning Bureaucracy

ANY political interference and manipulation in the selection of government employees is unacceptable – it is very unlawful. In fact the law requires that the selection, promotion and transfer of all government employees should be totally insulated from any political machinations whatsoever. The selection should be strictly based on merit and merit alone; merit should be the sole criterion in the selection and appointment of every government employee to any post. However, thousands of candidates have been brazenly recruited into the state government service with merit thrown to the winds. It has been a deceitful attempt to create a vote bank while many jobs have been dished away to the highest bidders. All this is reflecting in the functioning of the government offices with very incompetent staff having managed to creep in with the blessings of their political godfathers. Ironically with crores of rupees being drained on e-governance the bureaucracy should have shrunk but has in fact been bloating by the day while only putting financial stress on an already depleted state exchequer. This would be a fit case for our High Court to take suo motu cognisance and order a probe into this absolutely illegal ongoing politically orchestrated recruitment to government service.



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