Days after GoaMiles taxi drivers were allegedly assaulted by private cab operators at the Colva Residency, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said the government will provide security to drivers operating under the app-based taxi service of the Goa Tourism Development Corporation.
“GoaMiles has been a government’s initiative. The government has assured to give them (drivers) protection. They have given me two-three ‘circulars’. Those who are enrolled under the GoaMiles taxis service have to drive the taxis. They are Goans,” Sawant said while interacting with media persons at the Secretariat after holding a joint meeting with Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao and representatives of private cab operators from Colva, and the GoaMiles.
He said the ‘circulars’ submitted by the GoaMiles will be studied by the government and an appropriate decision will be taken. The decision will be conveyed to all stakeholders including the Benaulim MLA.
“I have heard all of them once again, and told Churchill that I will study the matter and inform him,” he said, adding that action will be initiated by the police as per the law in the Colva attack incident.
Managing director of GoaMiles Utkarsh Dhabande said the Chief Minister has assured to provide protection to GoaMiles drivers from troublemakers.
He urged Alemao to convince his people that GoaMiles is in their interest and in the interest of all Goans.
“We have sought action against the people who are troubling GoaMiles drivers,” he added.
When questioned whether he demanded action against the Benaulim MLA, Dhabande said, “Whoever that is.”
Alemao denied he or private taxi operators assaulted taxi drivers.