MP from Goa says Russians `corrupting` Morjim villagers

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 22:15

Panaji: A Parliamentarian from Goa on Sunday
accused some Russians of moving around without clothes in
Morjim beach village (North Goa) and corrupting the mind of
locals and children.

"The state government has taken a conscious decision not
to prescribe any dress code (to tourists) but during my Morjim
tour I was told that some Russians move totally naked, and
that they move around in villages with hardly any dress on
them," Parliamentarian Shantaram Naik said after his visit
to the village.

"Besides corrupting minds of locals they leave a
horrifying impression on school children," he added.

The village, a hot spot for Russian tourists, had
recently witnessed protests against the foreigners after a
local taxi driver was beaten to death by a Russian
businessman.

Naik, along with Congress party office bearers visited
the village on Saturday to take stock of the situation after
constant media reports hinting at large scale discontent
against foreigners here.

"I was told that there were number of Russian tourists
constantly abusing the locals on some pretext or the other,
however, when complaints are filed with the police they
side with the foreigners," the MP said.

The Congress leader alleged there were large scale
violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by
Russians in this village, which requires prompt action by the
state machinery.

He said there was need to tighten provisions of Foreign
Exchange Management Act, 1999 so that foreign nationals do not
purchase land in Goa illegally and deprive locals of their
business and means of livelihood.

The budget provides for the appointment of a committee
to examine all financial legislations to bring in reforms in
them, he said, adding he would take up the issue of the need
to amend FEMA with that committee.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 22:15

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