Goa's taxi operators on Monday went on 'bagging spree' (for pasengers) as a novel protest to highlight the marginalisation of their business due to increasing advent of corporate taxi houses and tour operators.
`Bagging for Justice,' was what they named their protest which was held under the banner of Federation of Associations of Tourist Taxi Owners and Drivers (FATTOD) wherein the taxi operators went around the beaches bagging by holding coconut shell-bowls in their hands.
"We are virtually on the street. Despite several memorandums, the State Tourism Ministry has failed to adhere to our demands," George Fernandes, president, FATTOD, said.
The taxi operators who ferry the tourists across the state have found themselves in uncertain situation with tour operators sidelining them and corporate taxi companies eyeing Goa's market
"Taxi business is a source of employment for thousands of Goa families," Fernandes quipped.
The tour operators have been resorting to illegal means to get the clients, which is adversely affecting our business, he said.
In the run up for the Lok Sabha polls, the taxi operators on Monday threatened not to allow a single campaign meeting in the coastal belt, if their demands are not met.