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Government should focus on health infrastructure instead on opening Casinos or EDMs: GFP

Panjim: Newly-appointed working President of Goa Forward Party (GFP) Kiran Kandolkar on Monday said that instead of opening casinos or giving permission for Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, the government should focus on bringing the state’s health infrastructure on track.

Addressing a press conference after formally taking over the charge, he said, “Government should not rush into certain things. We know casinos bring revenue to Goa, but the pandemic is still alive here. India has reported less than one per cent cases compared to the country’s population, but in Goa we have crossed three per cent when it comes to our population of 1.5 million.”

“The government should concentrate on improving health facilities here. 600 persons have died due to Covid-19 in a 1.5 million population. Many of them are young. It is unfortunate. UK has started a second phase of lockdown anticipating a second wave, but this government is playing with the health of the people of Goa,” he said.

Casino operations started from November 1 though with instructions to maintain a 50 per cent occupancy and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the central and state governments.

The former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA said there was need to improve health infrastructure in the state. He also said that government had forced people to come on roads.

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