Goa govt. worried over drownings, drugs

Panaji: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will chair a high-level meeting on Monday to chalk out an action plan to curb incidents of drownings, brawls, and drunk driving. Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma, top police officials, and tourism stakeholders will also attend the meeting, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told The Hindu on Sunday.

Mr. Ajgaonkar said the government is keeping a watch on unregulated study tours and absence of monitoring by teachers, swimming in the sea near tourist destinations under the influence of alcohol, brawls between tourists and locals, and deaths due to rash and drunk driving, and drug consumption.

“We will deliberate on an action plan for framing guidelines and enacting a law to control indiscipline on the beaches,” he said.

The meeting is also expected to review the measures taken by the police and the Anti-Narcotic Cell in tracking down drug dealers in tourist spots, particularly along the coastal belt.

After the recent death of two youths — one each from Kerala and Tamil Nadu — due to alleged overdose of drugs in open parties, the Chief Minister had called for a war against the drugs.

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