Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday rebuked a man for throwing flowers offered to god in a river from a bridge near Panaji. The incident took place in the morning when Mr. Sawant's convoy was heading towards the state capital from his village Sankhalim in North Goa.
Mr Sawant spotted the man throwing flowers in the river. The chief minister stopped him and disapproved of his act that he said was polluting the river.
"Don't do this. At least don't do it again," Mr Sawant was heard telling the man, who was on a scooter, in a video released by the chief minister on his Twitter account.
" Earlier today, while travelling over Gaundalim bridge, came across a citizen who was disposing of nirmalya in the river. I requested him to desist from doing so. As responsible citizens, we need to begin disposing of wastes properly and also educate & guide our fellow citizens to do so." Mr Sawant tweeted.
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Meanwhile, Pramod Sawant said that Casinos are important for the tourism profile of Goa and cannot be written off. He was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the state Tourism department.
"There are a few tourists who come to Goa to play in the casinos. They are important from the tourism point of view. You cannot write them off. We need to do whatever activities are required to attract tourists to Goa," he said.
He also said his government never spoke of removing casinos from the state.