Ban Lamanis From Goa: Ajgaonkar

In an interview conducted by news agency, IANS, Tourism Minister, Manohar Ajgaonkar shared of what he wants to implement in Goa.

He started stating that Lamanis, members of the nomadic tribe mostly hailing from Karnataka, should be banned from Goa because they spoil the reputation of the state and do not fit well with its culture.

Ajgaonkar also shared that police inspectors under whose jurisdiction drugs are sold should be suspended immediately as they are complicit in drug trade.

“Outsiders who can uphold ‘Goenkarponn’ (Goanness) should be allowed to stay, the rest should be chased away. Goa’s culture and ‘Goenkarponn’ should be retained. These Lamani’s should be stopped (from coming to Goa). A wrong message is sent because of them and the reputation of Goans is spoilt. This has to be done,” Ajgaonkar said, adding that his ministry would take action against Lamanis involved in illegal businesses. – IANS

Involved in the seasonal tourism trade by way of selling trinkets and handmade clothes along the coastline to the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting the state, the Lamanis are known for their colourful costumes frequenting the beaches to sell the handicraft products.

Manohar Parrikar had said that ‘Goenkarponn’ would be the cornerstone of his government’s policies and governance, when taking over as Chief Minister last month.

Another allegation on the police that the tourism minister attached was that drug trade could be curbed if the police decided to crackdown on it rather than being a part in it.

“Our officers know how the drugs are coming in or there cannot be a drugs business. Everyone who deals with this is connected. I am telling the CM that wherever drugs are found, the concerned officer should be suspended. Only this way we can find a way out of this,” he said.