Opposition in Goa on Friday charged that a large number of foreigners, who arrived on tourist visa, were illegally engaged in business activities in the state's coastal belt.
BJP legislator Laxmikant Parsekar, who represents coastal Mandrem constituency, alleged that there were hundreds of foreigners in Pernem taluk itself engaged in employment and business activities while the Home Ministry's record placed on the table of the House showed that only three foreigners were doing business in the taluk.
"Many foreigners arrive in Goa on tourist visa and engage in business activities. The Home Ministry has utterly failed to curb such instances," Parsekar said, moving a calling attention motion in the State Legislative Assembly.
He claimed many foreigners were into restaurant business. "Goa government is not serious about the issue which should be top priority for the state considering the security aspect.
The state government needs to check what kind of businesses are done by these foreigners, he stated.
Home Minister Ravi Naik, replying to the charges, admitted that the Ministry cannot actually act against such foreigners as they could not be intercepted. "But still I will look into the matter and if there are any such instances, I will take action."
Earlier, moving the calling attention motion, Parsekar said the data tabled on the floor of the House indicated that only 56 foreigners in North and 29 in South Goa were engaged in the business activities across the state.