Stating that there is a need for an amicable solution to the ongoing conflict between private taxi operators and GoaMiles drivers, the Deputy Speaker of State Assembly and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, said that the private taxi operators are ready to operate under an app-based system, if it is owned and controlled by the government. “This business (taxi) is self-employment. Our Goan taxi operators want their own app for the taxi service as they feel that the people running GoaMiles are outsiders and they don’t want to work under anybody else,” said Lobo while interacting with the media persons at the State Assembly Complex in Porvorim. He said that the private taxi operators are ready to come under the app-based taxi service provided it is owned and controlled by the government.
Lobo said that the government should support the private taxi operators in coming out with an app for them to run their taxis in the state. “They want to work under their own system and that system can be made by the government. GoaMiles is owned by a private party and the Goa Tourism Development Corporation is just supporting them and they have no major role to play in their business,” he said. He informed that the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has convened a meeting of the representatives of taxi unions from both North and South Goa on Monday, and urged the coastal belt MLAs to also attend the meeting and raise their grievances before the Chief Minister.