Church attacks Russia on its illegal taxi business

PTI, PANAJI | 25 May 2013 21:38 IST

A day after Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin defended the act of his countrymen running the taxi business in Goa during their stay, a church-backed tourism watchdog has come out in the support of local taxi drivers.

"Tourist taxi business is a livelihood of locals and there are more than sufficient persons engaged into it not needing tourists to provide the services.”

"Russians arrive in Goa as tourists and not on business visas, which does not authorise them to get involved into business...This is an illegality", Fr Savio Fernandes of Centre for Responsible Tourism, a church-backed body, said in a press release issued here.


Kadakin told reporters here yesterday that Russians running taxi operations in Goa are in fact helping their fellow countrymen from being fleeced by local taxi operators who he alleged charge Russians ten times extra.

Countering this, Fr Fernandes said, "The Government of Goa has notified rates for the operation of tourist taxis. If any tourist thinks he is cheated then he can approach the law enforcing authorities and lodge a formal complaint demanding action".

Locals are up in arms against Russian taxi operators, saying the foreigners are snatching away their source of livelihood.

"A taxi driver seeks licences and permits to be able to serve as a legal driver, as per the requirements of the Directorate of Transport. In such a situation, how will a Russian who comes on a tourist visa be able to fulfil the requirements of the concerned department. Thus a Russian will not be able to function legally as a taxi driver", the release said.

Fr Fernandes said that it was not sure if these taxis are registered as tourist taxis with the concerned departments or any private vehicles are used to operate as taxis.

The organisation works for the cause of protecting local livelihoods and checking adverse impacts of tourism in the state.

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I wonder if Russia would allow Goan / Indian Taxi drivers to operate over there without proper Documentation, for Indian /Goan Tourists?

Russians are known to be very racist .

- N.Fernandes, London | 27 th May 2013 23:07

 

The Russians are welcome to Goa as tourists but they should not be allowed to operate taxis by circumventing our rules.

Goa government needs to be very strict with the tourists who try to do business in Goa.

If they want to do business here, let them come on business visa. They cannot do it on tourist visa.

If this is not nipped in the bud, it will create law and order problems are they are snatching the livelihood of registered taxi operators of Goa and this may lead to tension leading to clashes.

- Francisco, Goa | 27 th May 2013 20:18

 

Fr Savio Fernandes deserves credit and he has spoken the Truth. Nobody has right to take Law in their own hands in Another Country.

Even Jesus Christ has said follow the Law of the Country you are in.

What is our CM doing in regard to this ?

We never had issues when Tourists from other parts of the

world came to Goa. e.g. Americans, Europeans, etc.

My question to Ambassador Alexander Kadakin is when your country men break the Law in another country what do you do ? Correct them or Support them ?

Goans are peace loving people. We welcome all but respect our Land.

- Jose, Goa | 27 th May 2013 04:42

 

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