The news of Food regulations by legal and not so legal ways in India has become an concern to visitors touring Goa.
To allay the dietary and security concerns of visiting International tourists to Goa, state tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Sunday said they could eat the food of their choice without restrictions as the center’s cattle ban law had no effect on the state.
At the travel and tourism expo held at Kolkota, West Bengal Ajgaonkar said “There is no restriction on beef. The tourists would get what ever they want to eat. They can eat whatever they desire,” –Hindustan Times reported
He said in Goa, diverse religions co-exist in peace since ages and will continue to remain so.
The arrival of Monsoon kicks off the tourist season and the new Goan government has already pumped in 150 crores towards infrastructure, security, amenities and marketing. Tourism is on of the major sector in Goa with an high domestic and international footfalls.
Business interests would remain a priority over religious beliefs in Goa.
If the question arises between religion and business, business interests is what will guide the BJP’s beef policy – at least in Goa.
Beef is today the top seller in restaurants across the state with fish, chicken and pork being only a second choice. Costelata and cutlet-pao are some of the popular street foods.
The beef industry in Goa can be traced back to the Portuguese. With an average of 50 tonnes of meat being sold in a day the industry is worth a Rs 500 crore annually. Karnataka is the major supplier of Beef following the ban by Maharashtra. This supply has been affected after the central Government bought in a indirect ban by regulation to sale of cattle for slaughter.
The saffron party had also taken a moral high ground on shutting down offshore casinos when in the opposition, but did a complete reversal with it’s policies when it came to power. Today more number of casino’s light up the streets on Mandovi than under previous governments.. The casino lobby is known to have dealt a generous hand to the saffron campaign in the election in Goa.