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Parrikar to wipe out dance bars, drugs from Goa

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday assured the citizens that his government will not allow dance bars in the state and will weed out drugs and prostitution from the tourist destination.

Addressing the state level function after hoisting the tri-colour at Old Secretariat here on the occasion of Independence Day, Parrikar said the state government has vowed to flush out prostitution and drugs which is spoiling the name of state in the guise of tourism.

‘We will not allow dance bars in Goa,’ Parrikar said, apparently referring to the controversy around the statement by BJP spokesman Wilfred Mesquita who had said that there is nothing wrong in having dance bars.

He admitted that the state government faced difficulties in revenue generation due to shut down of mining business following the Supreme Court order. Parrikar however said that despite the mining ban, the state government will collect revenue of Rs 300-400 crore from the mining industry in the form of various duties including stamp duty on the leases.
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