Foreigner-run unlicenced businesses in Goa have become drug havens: Vishwajit Rane
Goa

Foreigner-run unlicenced businesses in Goa have become drug havens: Vishwajit Rane

Panaji, Dec 4 : Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said that foreigners-run unlicenced businesses in the state had become drug haven and hence he has ordered a crackdown on them.

Addressing a press conference at his office in the city, he said the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) which works under State Health Ministry had prepared a list of business establishments being operated by the foreigners and the same would be raided.

'Right from shacks to everywhere FDA will play its role in inspecting the establishments. The places where the foreigners are operating have become drugs' paradise. I requested DIG to provide a dedicated police force which can go with our inspectors to check. A team will go the tourist belts and shut shops doing business without FDA's permission,' he said.

"We have already formed a list of foreigners doing business in different parts of Goa in North and South. We are going to start in the North, parallelly in the south and we will ensure that these foreigners who are doing business in Goa without licences. Most of these outlets, the reports that we are getting are nothing but drug paradises. We do not want people of this type in Goa. And we will take steps in that direction," he added.

'We do not want people of this type in Goa. And we will take steps in that direction. If we go abroad for business, we have to follow law. They will throw us out," the minister said, adding process was underway to have modifications in Health Act so that FDA got more teeth.

Mr Rane said there were many clubs operating and the FDA would raid those clubs, conduct checking and if food was not found to be of standard mark, kitchen would be sealed and locked.

Along the coastline of beaches in the state there are many small businesses which include cafes, restaurants, alternative health facilities etc run by foreigners.