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Tuesday, 21 July, 2015, 16 : 00 PM [IST]

Goa to put in place new single-window system for tourism events

As per a report in The Times of India, the two-year-old single-window system of the Goa Tourism Department for tourism-related events is likely to be changed drastically and probably will be in place for the new tourist season that begins in September-October. The Tourism Department is working on a new system to make a single-window system, for granting permissions for tourism-related events, effective in real sense. This would primarily include issuing permissions within a particular timeframe and introducing e-registrations.

Ameya Abhyankar, IAS, Director - Tourism, Government of Goa, said that under the new system, the applicant will have to make a single application to the Tourism Department, which will be routed to other departments whose approvals are mandatory.

The Department is also contemplating how they can put to use the Goa (right to time-bound delivery of public services) Act, 2013, commonly known as the 'Public Service Guarantee Act', to issue permissions in a fixed timeframe. Meetings will be held with departments concerned shortly, Abhyankar stated.
Questions are being raised about the existing single-window system of the Tourism Department, when it comes to mega events, particularly, the Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festivals, as permissions are issued only at the last minute to these organisers.

Though the state government is the final authority to give permissions to mega tourism events, the State-Level Permission Committee (SLPC) represented by departments concerned is a recommendatory body to assess applications. The SLPC was constituted along with the introduction of the single-window system to expedite the process for issuing permissions for mega events. “But the government simply throws SLPC recommendations pertaining to EDMs in the dust bins,” sources said.

SLPC members are tight-lipped about the situation, but one member confessed, "Our suggestions are hardly taken into consideration by the government while giving permissions to EDMs.”

The SLPC on both counts requested organisers of EDMs - Sunburn and Supersonic - to either shift their venues or select separate dates as the two EDMs happening simultaneously coincided with the peak tourist season and pose problems for the police department, as well as state administration.

While both the organisers refused to change their programmes, the government ultimately granted permissions to both to organise EDMs, the member added.

The Tourism Department has already received applications from organisers of Sunburn and Supersonic wanting to have EDMs in Vagator and Candolim, respectively, for this season.

At a meeting held in May 2015, both organisers have been intimated to either choose separate dates or change their venues. Now, it needs to be seen if the diktat of the SLPC will prevail. (Source: The Times of India)
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