Cong member fears terror attack in Goa

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Apprehending that Goa could be the next target of terrorists, a Congress member on Monday demanded that the Union Home Ministry should impart a crash course to the state police to thwart any attack during the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Raising the matter in the Rajya Sabha through Special Mention, Shantaram Laxman Naik said the Centre should provide enough bullet-proof jackets, AK-47 rifles and vehicles to Goa so that it could equip itself to deal with any terror attack. He said that because of panic, tourists were cancelling their tickets to Goa fearing terrorist attack. Naik said the Navy and the Coast Guard should increase their vigil along the coastal belt.

Shreegopal Vyas (BJP) through another Special Mention sought strict action against those who had hoisted the Pakistani flag during the recent agitations in the Kashmir Valley, and also in Assam.

On the occasion of International Tea Day today, Saman Pathak (CPI-M) made a strong demand that the Centre should take initiative to protect the interest of workers engaged in the tea industry, which is passing through a crisis period. He demanded a new policy or master plan to save the industry and protect the cultivators living in pathetic condition without facilities of drinking water, medicare, housing and education for their children.

Pathak also suggested formulation of effective laws to protect the interest of tea workers and said this will also enhance the quality of tea in international market. Moinul Hassan (CPI-M) demanded further reduction in the prices of petrol and diesel in view of steady fall in the price of international crude oil as it will give relief to common people.

Brinda Karat (CPI-M) expressed concern over the shortage of vaccines for the Universal Immunisation Programme in the country. She wanted the government to ask three public sector undertakings, which prepare vaccines, to start production of low-cost and safe products to meet the shortage of the item in the country.

Demanding safe drinking water for the people, Manohar Joshi (Shiv Sena) said the government should give high priority to the matter. He said all citizens should have access to safe and clean drinking water as a matter of right.

Bharatkumar Raut (Shiv Sena) said since the need for more trained managers was growing, IIMs should allow students from middle class families to join the B-schools by having a different fee structure for them and providing loans and scholarships.

Lalit Kishore Chaturvedi (BJP) demanded sanction of additional funds for infrastructural development of small and medium category cities and towns in Rajasthan.

T Subbarami Reddy (Cong) demanded round-the-clock ATC (air traffic control) services at Visakhapatnam Airport, saying many countries were showing interest in having air links with the city.

Courtesy: Hindustan Times