Only some Special Goans can do this as they hardly care about the warning issued by the Government authorities. The Boat Cruise and Water Sports Operators are one such amongst them who defy all the warnings issued by the authorities and keep operating in the sea putting the life of tourists into grave risk.
The dramatic rescue of a man of the Cabo de Rama fort area yesterday once again highlighted the issue of drownings in Goa, despite several safety measures being put in place. In the last two years alone 97 deaths due to drowning have been reported and over 300 people rescued. The onus is largely placed on the people, especially tourists, who defiantly venture into the sea, despite warnings from lifeguards, especially during rough weather. Taking selfies at vulnerable spots and drunk- swimming is other factors.
The beauty of the monsoons invariably ushers in a fair share of diseases as well. Malaria, jaundice, and dengue are already raising their ugly heads. But one can stay safe and prevent diseases, particularly vector, water or food-borne with a few stringent measures.
In an attempt to eradicate hunger in the capital city, Caranzalem and Bambolim a group of working professionals headed by Dr. Kedar Padte are providing free tiffins to the needy, on a daily basis, under their ‘Niradhar Shidha Tiffin Service, under the aegis of the ‘One World’ organization.
The recent attacks on two women, one a Russian in Candolim and the other an artists in Saligao, once again brought into focus the safety of women in Goa, particularly those visiting the state alone. In the absence of any firm measures and the laissez-faire attitude of the police and the government towards such cases is indicative that no cognizance is being taken of these heinous crimes. The state is undoubtedly also gaining a reputation for being an unsafe destination for women travellers.
Bringing relief from the sweltering heat, the monsoons nevertheless also bring with a host of vector, water, and foodborne diseases. Goa registers a high number of malaria and jaundice cases during this season. Although the government has brought the number of cases down, it has still to go a long way. With the onset of the monsoons, the Directorate of Health Services has identified five high-risk areas for malaria, particularly, Panjim, Margao, Candolim, Siolim and Chimbel. To avert and prevent a possible outbreak this season, the DHS has put a plan in place
Removing Casinos from the River Mandovi is next to impossible and hence it has become the main agenda of all the politicians as to how to encash on it. People of Goa knows very well that regardless of whatever promises made during the political parties, once they come to power they find the way out to keep the Casinos in Mandovi.
Monsoon has already hit the state but it does not look like the authorities have taken the good cognizance of the same. Every year the development and cleaning work begins with the monsoon approaching and then it remains stagnant till the cities are flooded completely, and this year it does not seems to be the different case.
If the above enforcement is implemented successfully then you can imagine how much improvement will happen in the city. The walls and lifts in the government offices and public sector units will be clean and stainless. The ban on Tobacco will not alone restrict smoking but also chewing of Gutka will be banned.
Several cases of young adolescents eloping are reported every day. Yet the minor boy is often discriminated against as the offender and the girl as the victim. However, the President of the Goa Children’s Court points out that this is incorrect. Both should be treated equally.
Goa’s pristine beaches have fallen prey to indiscriminate dumping of garbage on its shores, especially plastic items, and coconut shells. With the onset of the monsoon and the rising tides, this garbage consumed into the seas becomes a threat to marine life. Who is responsible for this mess and clean up?
It is a sad state of an affair that the Goa government has failed to uplift the standards of a Government school in the state despite the fact that majority of children from the lower income background in the Goan villages pursue their education in these schools. The primary education is the foundation of future studies.